One of the very best perks for me of being a blogger in Los Angeles is the twice-yearly invitation to the PBS presentations at the Television Critics Association Press Tour. It’s really smart people getting together to talk about thoughtful important programming. They featured PBS News Coverage of the 2012 presidential election, the Drug War in Mexico, the new PBSKids show based on Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. And of course there was Downton Abbey.
Downton Abbey is my favorite show on television. Ever. It’s a period drama. It’s a soap opera. The people are beautiful and the clothes are even more beautiful. Everything about it is spectacular.
My unabashed love for the show led me to take this picture of me and Mr. Bates (I know that his name is actually Brendan Coyle). I also know that if I ever want to get another job as a journalist this photo will come back to haunt me, but I couldn’t help it.
I took this picture at the after-party, but the cast session was also great. Shirley MacLaine plays the mother of Cora Crawley in Season 3 and she was a kick in the pants. When asked what it was like to act alongside Dame Maggie Smith she said “We were lovers in another life.”
They gave a few hints at the new season. Things won’t be smooth going on the road to marriage for Matthew Crawley and his fourth cousin and fiance Lady Mary Crawley. And things don’t seem to be going well for Lady Sybil Crawley and her Chauffeur husband who have come to live at Downton with their new baby.
And what about Bates? Poor Mr. Bates remains in jail while devoted wife and housemaid Anna waits for him to be proved innocent and freed. During the press tour, Hugh Bonneville (who plays Lord Grantham) made his feelings clear about what he thinks should become of Bates.
The new season of Downton will air in January.
Yvonne Condes is the Editor and co-Founder of MomsLA, a Community of the Top Mom Bloggers in Los Angeles.