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"Downton Abbey" December - A Letter from the Station Director

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"Downton Abbey: Season 1"

Friends, let's admit it: male or female, drama fan or not, entering the world of "Downton Abbey" on "Masterpiece" changes you.

For better or worse (personally, I'd say better), abbey residents upstairs and down draw us into a state of perpetual expectation. Will the Turkish scandal be revealed? What conspiracies do those scheming smoke breaks hold? When will our favorite cousins and (more importantly) beloved Bates and Anna finally catch a break?

We'll find out soon, but until Season 3 arrives on Jan. 6 with answers (plus Shirley MacLaine) we have a few offerings to tide you over:

Tune in Sundays, Dec. 2-30, for "Downton Abbey: Season 2" - it's a great opportunity to catch up on anything you might have missed, relive your favorite scenes and reconnect with all of your favorite characters.

Even better, do you want to feel like you're a part of the action? Then join the Arkansas PBS Foundaion Tuesday, Dec. 18, at North Little Rock's Argenta Theater for a special preview screening of "Downton Abbey: Season 3." We'll be looking for you, dressed in your best Edwardian or Jazz Age finery at our prescreening cocktail reception! Is your curiosity piqued? Get further details from our blog post.

If you haven't been in the know about "Downton Abbey," and you'd like to catch up with the divas and history lessons of war and peace across the pond, you have ample time to educate yourself! In addition to our rebroadcast of "Downton Abbey: Season 2," you can explore the multiple Emmy winning storyline at with sneak previews, a family tree, actors' interviews and more.

And last, but not least, we have exciting, developing news about the opportunity to live chat with the "Downton Abbey" cast and crew on Wednesday, Dec. 12. Be sure to keep checking back with us for details as we receive them!

Of course, to be sure you don't miss out on any "Downton Abbey: Season 3" - or other AETN news, contests or updates - keep an eye on the AETN Engage blog! We work to help our viewers get the scoop before anyone else!

As always, thank you for your continued support of AETN so that we can bring you gems like "Downton Abbey," Ken Burns' specials and the Arkansas-produced programs you you see every week, like "Exploring Arkansas" and "Arkansas Week." We're here because of viewers like you!