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“Downton Abbey” ended Season 3 with a bang. Not only did Matthew Crawley bite the dust, but 8.2 million viewers watched him do it on PBS. That’s 50% higher rating than the end of Season 2. “DA” has become a phenomenon, that’s for sure. Today I’ve read a lot of nonsense about the show jumping the shark, and one wrongheaded idea that this should have been the end of the series. Ridiculous. “DA” has at least two seasons left in it. There’s plenty of material for Julian Fellowes. And there’s no reason why the rest of the cast won’t stick around now til the end. PBS certainly won’t let them stop–Sunday night their audience was four times its normal size. And I’m sure Mitt and Ann Romney were among the viewers.


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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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  1. Downton Abbey is the best show on TV. Yes, I am saddened by Dan Stevens leaving, but Lady Mary will probably be a more interesting character without Matthew. Lets hope there will be no deaths in Season Four!

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