The fifth season of “Downton Abbey” won't premiere on PBS until January 4, 2015.
That's a long way away and, by that time, many of you will have already watched the full season through illegal means (or legal if you happen to live in England).
On Tuesday (July 22) evening, the Television Critics Association is going to get at least a taste of Season 5. Since the show is still in production, creator Julian Fellowes is absent, sending Gareth Neame in his stead.
Similarly, much of the cast is shooting Across the Pond, but we've got Laura “Lady Edith” Carmichael, Michelle “Non-Stop” Dockery, Joanne “Anna” Froggatt and Allen “Branson” Leech.
Click through and follow along with my live-blog. Don't expect too many spoilers.
7:15 p.m. We're' being strung along by an assortment of other “Masterpiece” productions, none of which is “Downton Abbey.”
7:22 p.m. “I feel a-shaking of the ground I stand on,” Carson says. Edith doesn't want Mary's pity and her secret could come out! The Dowager Countess is having trouble with her servant. All the men love Lady Mary. Men on horses! Lady Mary on a horse! Rose has a new beau! Lady Isobel has a suitor! Rade Serbedzija! And he has a past with the Dowager Countess!
7:24 p.m. Scenes from the new season… Spoilers may ensue.
7:25 p.m. Now we're seeing a scene with Lady Mary chatting with whichever suitor isn't Tony. They're bantering about her choice. Will she choose sex or love?