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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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I guess fans in the US shouldn’t be too surprised that we have to wait until 2014 for season four, but I’m still disappointed. Season three was so tragic and soapy and I hope the new season will be a little more uplifting to watch. I’m excited to see what the writers have in store for us as viewers, but I don’t think I’ll be home to watch live when it premieres in a few months because I usually work the night shift at DISH. Thankfully I’ll still be able to keep up with the new season on my schedule because I’ll be able to record Downton Abbey to my DISH Hopper. It can record over 400 hours of HD content too, so I won’t have to delete previous seasons of the show, or my family’s favorite recordings, just to make room for season four when it airs.