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Dust off your fancy pants, Downton Abbey fans. The British series' upcoming fifth season has a U.S. premiere date.

At the Television Critics Association fall previews on Tuesday, PBS boss Paula Kerger announced that Season 5 of the award-winning drama will debut in America on Sunday, January 4, 2015 as part of Masterpiece. Naturally, questions of why PBS won't air the series closer to its ITV airdates in England immediately arose—and Kerger simply pointed to the ratings in America, which are up 14 percent over the last year.

PBS also announced that it will continue importing Call the Midwife. The series about nuns and midwives in 1950s London will return for Season 4 on Sunday, March 29, 2015.


Are you excited to have Downton Abbey back? After Season 4's kind-of-ridiculous ending, what do you hope to see in Season 5?


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