The Television Critics Association's summer press tour was kicked off on Sunday, July 22 with some juicy scoops from "Downton Abbey". During a panel, a trailer for the upcoming third season was played, offering a glimpse of Mr. Bates in jail and a wedding preparation. There was also a scene showing Mary and Matthew planning their wedding, while the Crawley family seemingly would face a major financial woe.
Talking about the general idea of the new installment, creator Julian Fellowes said, "This season is about the recovery from the war." He explained, "The war brought a tremendous disruption to England. There are chills and spills involved in that for all the characters ... some laughs and some tears."
Meanwhile, the arrival of Martha Levinson who is portrayed by Shirley MacLaine will remind viewers of where Cora came from. Noting that "Cora's upbringing was not the same as Robert's," Fellowes dished, "Cora is less afraid of the future than Robert is. She's much less afraid of change. She's less afraid of expressing that... If anyone understands the world that's coming, it's Cora."
Fellowes additionally revealed he planned to "move pretty slowly through the 1920s" and explore "the impact on this family [by] the Irish problems." Asked at what point the story would end, he jokingly said, "We could end with the Wall Street crash and have Robert playing the ukelele."
"Downton Abbey" season 3 is expected to premiere in early 2013 in the United States. In addition to MacLaine, Matt Milne will join the cast ensemble for the upcoming season as a footman named Alfred, the nephew of O'Brien. MyAnna Buring, who lands a role as vampire Tanya in "The Twilight Saga's Breaking Dawn Part I" and "The Twilight Saga's Breaking Dawn Part II", was recently also cast as forward-thinking servant Edna.