‘Downton Abbey’ Renewed by PBS

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 21: (L-R) Actors Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern and Shirley MacLaine speak onstage at the Masterpiece Classic 'Downton Abbey, Season 3' panel during day 1 of the PBS portion of the 2012 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 21, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Here’s some news to be thankful for: the Crawley family and their staff will be returning for a fourth season of Downton Abbey, U.K network operator ITV announced Friday. The fourth season will return in the fall of 2013 and will take place in the 1920s, ITV said. “Viewers can look forward to more drama, comedy, love, hatred, jealousy, rivalry, ambition, despair, and romance,” Gareth Neame, managing director of NBCUniversal said. The third season has averaged a whopping 9.7 million viewers at its competitive Sunday night slot, beating out popular shows like the X Factor. Now that's classy.