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'Downton Abbey' returns Sunday

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Season four of PBS' most-watched drama, Downton Abbey, premieres this Sunday, January 5, at 8 p.m. on WYES-TV/Channel 12. The action opens six months after Matthew's death, as family and servants try to cure Mary and Isobel of their deep depression. Meanwhile, O'Brien causes a final crisis. Change is in the air as three generations of the Crawley family have conflicting interests in the estate. Paul Giamatti makes an appearance alongside the returning ensemble, including Dame Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Joanne Froggatt, guest star Shirley MacLaine and a host of others.

Read NolaVie writer Elisabeth Morgan's sneak peek at the season four opener here.

And get your deco duds steam-pressed now for "An Evening Inspired by Downton Abbey" on Friday, January 24, at the historic Montgomery-Grace House at 2525 St. Charles Ave. Attendees are encouraged to wear period attire. The Patron Party begins at 6:30 p.m. and the gala kicks off at 8 p.m. Special pricing for those 35 and under is available. Tickets are $100-$500 per person and are limited. To purchase tickets go online to wyes.org or call WYES Special Events Manager Sharon Snowdy at (504) 840-4886.