TVLine Items: Downton Abbey Catch-Up Session, Y&R Fave Returns, SVU Expanded and More!

If you’ve yet to see a second of Downton Abbey but would love nothing more than to jump on the Brit hit’s bandwagon before Season 3 bows stateside in January, PBS has got you covered.

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Press PLAY below to watch a five-minute video compiled of every itty-bitty thing you need to know about the breakout smash’s first two seasons.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• The Young and the Restless fan fave Marcy Rylan (Abby) is returning to the CBS soap on a recurring basis beginning in early 2013, per Soap Opera Digest.

NBC has expanded Law & Order: SVU‘s current season, Deadline reports, ordering two additional episodes of the long-running procedural.

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Everwood alum Treat Williams has been cast as Taylor Kinney’s father in Chicago Fire, per TV Guide Magazine. He’ll first appear in a January installment of the NBC drama.

USA Network has given the green light to a sci-fi drama pilot from Walking Dead EP Gale Anne Hurd. Titled Horizon, the project takes place during World War II and centers on a FBI secretary who believes her husband was killed battling a spaceship.

TLC has slotted William and Kate: A Royal Baby Story, a special airing Dec. 16 at 8/7c.

MTV’s new Hills-eqsue docu-series Washington Heights premieres Jan. 9.

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  1. Jessica says:

    “A Royal Baby Story” really? I don’t even know why that surprises me. How about waiting until she’s further along/completely out of danger, TLC?

  2. cjeffery7 says:

    ever since BSG did the fast recap video everybody else tries to do it, but ultimately never captures the same whimsy and magic.

  3. Shaun says:

    Downton was great,some people were put off by Matthew and Mary’s new status though.

  4. Kim R says:

    I thought Downton’s season 3 was great. I love the show but I do wish there were more episodes per season. It is just a taste and then it’s over. :(

  5. Sean says:

    SVU is fine, but needs to drop the blond that can’t!

  6. Dave says:

    Downton Season 3 was truly fantastic – a huge improvement over the soapiness of S.2. And YAY to Y&R realizing their epic screw-up in canning Marcy Rylan to begin with! If they want to save $$$, put Amelia Heinle on recurring status and bring back Marcy full time.

  7. Morgen says:

    SO excited that Marcy Rylan is returning to Y&R. Since Abby is both a Newman and an Abbott, she is a key character. Very glad they didn’t recast!

  8. EveatEden says:

    Cannot wait until Season 3 of Downton Abbey. I just watched the entirity of Seasons 1 & 2 on Amazon Instant Video and loved it!