Once again, we in the states will have to wait months after ITV has finished the season overseas to see Downton Abbey. The series returns to PBS on January 4th of next year.
The panel was asked during the announcement at TCA why we have to wait so long, and the usual hemming and hawing over ITV’s commercials having to be taken out and things edited into smooth transitions was given. But the fact is, PBS has absolutely no reason to push up the Downton airings to match the overseas premiere the way, say BBC America works hard to get Doctor Who ready for near simulcast airing with parent BBC.
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