As I write this piece there are still two more episodes of Downton Abbey Season 3 to broadcast. By the time you read it, you will know how the season ends: who's in, who's out, what the cliffhanger is that carries us to Season 4. If you already know, please don't tell me.
As have others at WTVP, I have made it a point to watch each episode as it airs Sunday nights on MASTERPIECE, even though I have an advance copy DVD of series on my desk. No one has spilled the beans to me, but some staff members have had conversations with Downton enthusiasts who have gone online or purchased recordings who then told them how the season ended. You wouldn't believe the crushed look on our Programming VP's face when someone revealed the ending. So, if you know...please don't tell.
If you are new to Downton Abbey or just catching up, please note that WTVP will air an all day Downton marathon on Saturday, March 23 from noon to 10:30pm.
And if you are completely taken by British serial TV, I invite you to tune into to Doc Martin, returning Mondays at 9:00 p.m. starting March 18, and the new season of Call the Midwife starting March 31. The writing and the acting are superb.
March, of course, is membership month for public television. Chances are you may have initially joined WTVP during a March membership opportunity, so it may be time to renew. Doing so on air or online at www.wtvp.org is quick and easy, and you also have an opportunity to earn one of our special thank you gifts. The main reason you contribute though is programming. I can assure you that even though the buzz has been about Downton Abbey over the last several months, public television continues to produce some of the most outstanding programming the medium has to offer. It is only made possible by your continued support. Thank you.
President & CEO, WTVP (Retired)