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.