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    ‘Downton’ to Add Black Character

    The Great War is over and a long-awaited engagement is on, but all is not tranquil at Downton Abbey as wrenching social changes, romantic intrigues, and personal crises grip the majestic English country estate for a third thrilling season. With the return of its all-star cast plus guest star Academy Award®-winner Shirley MacLaine, Downton Abbey, Season 3 airs over seven Sundays on PBS beginning in January 2013.

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    It’s still too soon for some of us to even think about new cast members now that Sybil and Matthew are gone, but Julian Fellowes is moving on already. The show is apparently casting a black character—fueling speculation that the show will address 1920s race relations. According to the casting call, the period drama will be adding Jack Ross, a black jazz musician between the ages of 25 and 30. Fellowes said last year that he would be writing in a black or Indian character to “open up the show ethnically.” The show is also casting a new love interest for Mary Crawley, as well as a character named Sir John Bullock who "must be able to act drunk." The fourth season will begin filming in March.

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