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Season 5 of 'Downton Abbey' will begin airing in the U.S. on Jan. 4
Season 5 of 'Downton Abbey' will begin airing in the U.S. on Jan. 4

"Downton Abbey" is coming back in January — and the chief of PBS is warming up by hurling a few crumpets at TV rivals. Season 5 of the British drawing-room drama will premiere in America on Jan. 4, the public broadcaster announced Tuesday at the TV press tour in Beverly Hills. PBS President and Chief Executive Paula Kerger defended, as she has in the past, the decision to run "Downton" months after it has aired in Britain, which has meant that many U.S. fans uncover spoilers online before getting a chance to watch the episodes. This has led to much criticism of PBS, but Kerger remains undaunted. "January works well," Kerger said, because the...

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