The trailer for the second season -- sorry, series -- of "Downton Abbey" is out! If you haven't seen "Downton Abbey" yet, go ahead and spill something hot on your lap. That's for not having seen "Downton Abbey," because it is very good.
It's an excellent period melodrammer (plummy British pronunciation) starring 90 percent of your favorite British actors that was a huge smash on PBS earlier this year. I watched all of series one in a single sitting, and by the end of the third episode/first bottle of wine I was yelling things like, "THIS IS A SCANDAL!" aloud, alone with my television. It is the kind of show that will make you do that.
It's on Netflix instant and iTunes and if you don't like it, you can come to my house and beat me to death with a Wellington full of cameo brooches.
For the already-inititated: this next series looks like it's going to put the "great" back in the Great War (sorry, vengeful doughboy ghosts). There's not a whole lot of Evil Gay Thomas in this teaser, but there's plenty of Maggie Smith being a commanding dowager, which she's basically the Bo Jackson of doing. Lady Mary, that fickle ice lolly, seems like she's finally into Matthew. (Obviously, because he is going off to war, and as we all know, there's no greater aphrodisiac than somebody you didn't like before maybe exploding. Also, those WWI helmets that look like artsy bowls from Z-Gallerie just do it for everybody.) It seems that Sybil will continue to be progressive and Edith will appear only briefly as a reflection in Lady Mary's mirror (story of Edith's LIFE). Mr. Bates's estranged wife will show up, and "She's Having a Baby" will continue to rep America by boning down with Bernie from "Notting Hill." USA!It premieres in the U.K. in a week but doesn't air here until January, which is evil and cruel. British friends, this means I will be ignoring you for the forseeable future. I don't care how close we are, I can't risk the spoilers. Although, I suppose this is only fair, given the time you guys were only on season 2 of "The OC" and I gave you all the fascinating details about Volchok's daring escape to Mexico.If you need me I'll be here watching this and furiously inventing hypersleep.