The cast of DOWNTON ABBEY (and executive producer Rebecca Eaton) met with critics at the Summer 2012 Television Critics Association (TCA) Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton over the weekend presenting a teaser trailer and taking questions.
The Washington Post recap revealed that the family fortune has been lost:
“Has some of my fortune also been lost?” asks Lord Grantham’s rich American wife Cora, a.k.a. McGovern.
“Almost all,” weeps Lord Grantham, a.k.a. Robert Crawley, played by Hugh Bonneville.
Oh well, says Cora — or words to that effect — Let’s make sure this upcoming family wedding is a humdinger and one last bash they’ll remember.
But wait! Engaged couple Matthew and Mary (Dan Stevens and Michelle Dockery) are seen — fighting!
Among the many other juicy storylines waiting to be pushed along next season: the fate of John Bates, Lord Grantham’s valet, convicted last season of bumping off his wife. Duing the Press Tour Q&A, Bonneveille took off his tie, jumped out of his seat, stripped off his suit jacket and dress shirt, and revealed a “Free Bates” T-shirt.
Channel Guide adds a few other details:
So it sounds like possible changes this season, and according to creator, writer and executive producer Julian Fellowes, Season 3 is, “in a way, about the recovery from the war. The war brought a tremendous disruption to England and took many, many families of all sorts. And even though there were those few years when people were trying to decide was the world going to go back, was it going to be the same as it was before, had it changed completely, was the future going to be completely different? And that’s really the kind of theme of the series. And, you know, there are chills and spills involved in that for all the characters, some laughs and some tears.”
Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Inquirer has a great quote from Hugh Bonneville (Lord Grantham):
“She brought that great spirit she has on to the set,” Bonneville said afterward of working with MacLaine. “When Shirley clapped eyes on [Smith], it was like Stanley meeting Livingstone. It was like these two great legends, or these two great explorers of our industry, meeting. And I think Shirley literally lifted Maggie off the ground with a hug, saying, 'My God!' It was great. It was a great moment.”
Are you excited about Season 3 of DOWNTON ABBEY?