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January 5, 2014

Local fans prepare for 'Downton Abbey' season premiere

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Ed Kanze of Bloomingdale, who also attended the gala, does not have a favorite character, and he knows it.

“It’s beautifully written; the viewpoint is very sympathetic to all the characters. It captures the full spectrum of human behavior.”

The draw is such that, Kanze said, “we really don’t watch anything on TV — but we love ‘Downton Abbey.’”

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Since the show airs on British television before its appearance on PBS, fans have the opportunity to pre-order; meaning that some will approach Sunday’s premiere full of questions, while others have already seen the new season.

Shara Wood of Plattsburgh, who has loved the show “from the beginning,” takes another course. She pre-orders every season, but waits to watch it, instead viewing the episodes week by week.

“I feel like self-control is so important with this show,” she said with a laugh. After the season is over, she goes back and watches all the episodes again.

“I just immerse myself in this world.”

In Sunday’s premiere, she said she expects to see “Mary in a lot of exquisitely tailored black gowns.” Wood loves the show’s period clothing.

She adds, however: “I do feel that, by killing off (Mary’s husband) Matthew, Julian Fellowes is trying to punish me for not contributing to PBS. Julian! I contributed to NPR!”

SEE THE PREMIERE The season premiere of "Downton Abbey" airs on Mountain Lake PBS at 9 tonight.

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