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PBS Confirms Season Premiere Dates for 'Downton Abbey' and 'Sherlock'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 17th 2011 8:50AM
Restive 'Downton Abbey' fans need fret no more: PBS has confirmed that Season 2 will (finally!) premiere in the US on Sunday January 8, 2012. The AP reports Paula Kerger, PBS president, as saying that the abrupt ending to Season 1 and the paucity of episodes -- there were only four -- led to angry phone calls from fans, many of whom worried that PBS might not even air a second season.

PBS also has good news for 'Sherlock' fans. The 21st-century twist on Conan-Doyle's deerstalker-wearing detective will start its second season on PBS on Sunday May 6, 2012. Alas, it's only three episodes long, but fans can be assured that it should be a case of quality triumphing over quantity.

Other gems from the PBS spring lineup include a two-part examination of Bill Clinton's presidency, a look at some celebrity family trees by Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, and a series on American infrastructure, 'America Revealed,' hosted by winner of 'Survivor: Cook Islands,' Yul Kwon. More on these after the jump.

The 'American Experience' documentary on Clinton will premiere on President's Day, Monday February 20, 2012. Kerger said it features fresh interviews with many who served in the Clinton administration and some of the former president's adversaries, but it doesn't include a new interview with Clinton himself.

In 'Finding Your Roots,' Gates crosses over into 'Who Do You Think You Are?' territory as he explores the historical trends around the family roots of celebrities including Kevin Bacon, Barbara Walters, Tyra Banks and Martha Stewart. The ten-part series premieres Sunday March 25, 2012.

Based on UK show 'Britain from Above,' PBS' new four-part series 'America Revealed' was originally slated to debut as part of the Fall 2011 season, but is now premiering Wednesday April 11, 2012. Using aerial footage, HD video and real-time satellite data, 'America Revealed' traces the movements and communications that miraculously come together to manufacture goods, transport people and materials.

The host, adventurous technology expert and communications attorney Yul Kwon, will show how infrastructure is changing things like traffic flow and food production. Executive producer Tony Tackaberry said: "The aerial photography, along with a range of pioneering visual techniques the series will employ, will give viewers a glimpse of the nation as they've never seen it, while the previously untapped data will offer new insight into the forces that shape our everyday lives."

Check out AOL TV's full 'Downton Abbey' coverage here.

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I am so excited for Downton Abbey to return!! Any word on whether the episodes are going to be (weirdly) cut down like they were when PBS shoehorned them into 4 episodes from the original 7 that aired in the UK? I was in England when Series 2 finished over there and it was a struggle to remain unspoiled, given the news coverage. (I was marginally successful...)

November 17 2011 at 1:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Screw PBS and find a friend in the UK or Australia and have them send you the episodes - the unedited, un-PBS-adulterated, version. That’s what I’ve done. Australia has just finished airing season two and the big Christmas special is the next thing up. By the time Jan 8th rolls around I will have seen it all. I’m so sick and tired of the networks – here and overseas – jerking us around with first run shows. It’s the 21st century, digital age for God’s sake. There is no reason why everyone can’t see stuff in its original edit worldwide at the same freak’n time!

November 17 2011 at 11:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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The above regarding "Downton Abbey."

November 17 2011 at 11:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sherlock is pretty awesome. I'm excited for the new episodes!

November 17 2011 at 11:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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