Downton Abbey given third season

Downton Abbey has been picked up for a third season by ITV in the UK. The series will return for another run that is set in 1920 and 1921, covering an 18 month period in the life of the Crawley family.

Alcatraz filming delayed

Filming on new sci-fi series Alcatraz has been delayed due to complete reshoots on several previous episodes. Since the Sam Neill drama has an early 2012 premiere date, producers have opted to go back and improve on the seven completed episodes.

Steenburgen joining 30 Rock

Actress Mary Steenburgen has signed on to feature in the new season of 30 Rock, playing the mother of Avery (Elizabeth Banks). The actress has previously featured in the likes of Curb Your Enthusiasm and Joan of Arcadia.

Spartacus returning in January

The Starz network has confirmed the return date of Spartacus: Vengeance as January 27 with new lead actor Liam McIntyre. The actor replaces Andy Whitfield in the role, with Whitfield having to leave due to his non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis. He passed away in September.

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