New Downton Abbey Promos Tee Up Season 3's Dowager Countess-Martha Rivalry: ‘Dreadful!’

If your day just isn’t complete without a classy dressing-down from Downton Abbey’s Dowager Countess, this should butter your crumpets.

Two recently released previews of the British series’ Season 3 are all about the much-heralded arrival of Shirley MacLaine as Lady Cora’s mother, Martha. Maggie Smith’s opinionated character has quite a bit to say about her new American sparring partner – and as you’ll see, MacLaine’s outrageous alter ego can give as good as she gets.

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Press PLAY on the videos below to get a sneak peek of the upcoming season, expected to return to PBS in early 2013. And then hit the comments with your take on what’s ahead!

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Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. Anna says:

    Janurary can’t come soon enough!!!

  2. Kim R says:

    I can’t wait!!! :)

  3. Maggie Smith is about 97 different kinds of magnificent.

  4. davey says:

    Dan Stevens looks so dashing!

  5. Reward says:

    Love for Maggie Smith. She is such amazing!

  6. Brenna says:

    Hope the nice uk people post the episodes on YouTube for us (hint hint ;) so we don’t have to wait

  7. Linda says:

    January can’t get here fast enough!