British network ITV has renewed the critically-acclaimed drama series Downton Abbey for Season 4. The news comes three weeks after the Season 3 finale aired in the U.K., and six weeks before Season 3 debuts in the United States on PBS.
Downton Abbey renewed for Season 4 on ITV
Although an official announcement hasn't been made yet, PBS is expected to air Downton Abbey Season 4 in the U.S. ITV picked up eight new episodes for Season 4, with production scheduled to begin in February 2013. Here is a statement from ITV executive Laura Mackie regarding the news.
"Viewers can look forward to more drama, comedy, love, hatred, jealousy, rivalry, ambition, despair and romance. We're thrilled to welcome back a drama series that has become a much anticipated part of all our lives every autumn and achieved success around the globe. [Series creator] Julian Fellowes
and the production team, led by Gareth Neame
and the producer Liz Trubridge
, never rest on their laurels and have exciting plans."
ITV will air the show's annual Christmas special on December 25. PBS will debut Season 3 of Downton Abbey January 6, 2013, with a Season 2 recap special Downton Abbey Revisited slated to air November 25.