The third season finale of the very popular series Downton Abbey aired three weeks ago in the UK on ITV, but the third season doesn’t start until early next year in the United States. That being said, the ITV has renewed the series for a fourth season. This was first reported by TVLineAlthough there has been no official announcement from PBS, it’s pretty much a certainty that they will indeed air the fourth season as well.

Excited by the renewal, executive producer Gareth Neame said , “Viewers can look forward to more drama, comedy, love, hatred, jealousy, rivalry, ambition, despair and romance.”  The series has won a  Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries.

Downton Abbey Season 3 will premiere Jan. 6, 2013 on PBS.

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