PBS announces fall lineup, no sign of early Downton Abbey release

By Dru Sefton

It’s official, Downton Abbey fans will have to wait until winter 2014 for their next Edwardian drama fix. PBS announced its fall lineup today, with nary a mention of the Masterpiece megahit. In January PBS President Paula Kerger hinted that PBS was considering changing the premiere to the fall, when it hits the airwaves in Great Britain.

Jennifer Byrne, PBS spokesperson, told Current that series Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton will announce the Downton Season 4 premiere date at the PBS annual meeting next week in Miami.

Highlights of fall premieres on PBS include an interactive reality series, Genealogy Roadshow, “which uses history and science to connect participants nationwide to their individual and family histories,” PBS said in the announcement; “The Hollow Crown,” a four-part miniseries from Great Performances that combines Shakespeare’s “Richard II,” “Henry IV” (Parts I and II) and “Henry V” into a chronological narrative; and a four-hour, two-part special from American Experience on President John F. Kennedy’s life and death, running on the eve of the 50-year anniversary of his assassination.

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