"I didn’t know ‘Downton Abbey,’" MacLaine said. “I learned about it at my hairdresser. Really. I look at PBS for news … [A]ll the girls were talking about it. They were trying to figure out who was Elizabeth McGovern’s mother, and whether she was a Rothschild, whether she was Jewish. The next thing I knew I got a call from my agent about playing Elizabeth McGovern’s mother. I’d better look at this. And whoa — I got addicted for a full week.”
Maureen Ryan breaks down Season 3 of “Downton Abbey.”
Though Season 3 of “Downton” is somewhat stronger than Season 2 — which made “90210” look like a model of narrative coherence by comparison — there are still times I mutter darkly about the drama, I must admit. When it keeps on stumbling over the same easily avoidable obstacles and when it keeps stacking the narrative deck in preposterously lopsided ways, I react about as well as the Dowager Countess would react to finding a dirty hippie in the shrubbery.