PBS Sets Premiere Date for Downton Abbey Season 4

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Consider yourselves duly warned, Downton Abbey fans. PBS has given you plenty of notice.

Season 4 of this British sensation will premiere in the United States on Sunday, January 5.

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And there will be plenty of changes afoot: Matthew is dead. So is Sybill. And Siobhan Finneran has exited the series as Miss O'Brien.

Look for Gary Carr to recur as the show's first African-American character, while rumors abound that Carson may retire... Thomas may get a boyfriend... and Anna and Bates may have a baby.

We've got a long way to go, American viewers, but bookmark TV Fanatic today for all your Downton Abbey Season 4 scoop!

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Downton Abbey Quotes

Robert: You'll be in a very junior seat.
Violet: Il faut reculer pour mieux sauter. (You have to step back to jump further.)

Edith: Now you're happy again, you'll be nicer... for a while.
Mary: If that's what you feel, then why are you here?
Edith: Because, in the end, you're my sister and one day, only we will remember Sybil... or Mama or Papa or Matthew or Michael or Granny or Carson or any of the others who have peopled our youth... until, at last, our shared memories will mean more than our mutual dislike.