" />
A E T N Logo
Support The Programs You Love DONATE NOW

"Downton Abbey" December - A Letter from the Station Director

Posted on 10 Dec 2012

"Downton Abbey: Season 1"

Friends, let's admit it: male or female, drama fan or not, entering the world of "Downton Abbey" on "Masterpiece" changes you.

For better or worse (personally, I'd say better), abbey residents upstairs and down draw us into a state of perpetual expectation. Will the Turkish scandal be revealed? What conspiracies do those scheming smoke breaks hold? When will our favorite cousins and (more importantly) beloved Bates and Anna finally catch a break?

We'll find out soon, but until Season 3 arrives on Jan. 6 with answers (plus Shirley MacLaine) we have a few offerings to tide you over:

Tune in Sundays, Dec. 2-30, for "Downton Abbey: Season 2" - it's a great opportunity to catch up on anything you might have missed, relive your favorite scenes and reconnect with all of your favorite characters.

Even better, do you want to feel like you're a part of the action? Then join the AETN Foundation Tuesday, Dec. 18, at North Little Rock's Argenta Theater for a special preview screening of "Downton Abbey: Season 3." We'll be looking for you, dressed in your best Edwardian or Jazz Age finery at our prescreening cocktail reception! Is your curiosity piqued? Get further details from our blog post.

If you haven't been in the know about "Downton Abbey," and you'd like to catch up with the divas and history lessons of war and peace across the pond, you have ample time to educate yourself! In addition to our rebroadcast of "Downton Abbey: Season 2," you can explore the multiple Emmy winning storyline at pbs.org/downtonabbey with sneak previews, a family tree, actors' interviews and more.

And last, but not least, we have exciting, developing news about the opportunity to live chat with the "Downton Abbey" cast and crew on Wednesday, Dec. 12. Be sure to keep checking back with us for details as we receive them!

Of course, to be sure you don't miss out on any "Downton Abbey: Season 3" - or other AETN news, contests or updates - keep an eye on the AETN Engage blog! We work to help our viewers get the scoop before anyone else!

As always, thank you for your continued support of AETN so that we can bring you gems like "Downton Abbey," Ken Burns' specials and the Arkansas-produced programs you you see every week, like "Exploring Arkansas" and "Arkansas Week." We're here because of viewers like you!


Arkansas and the American Dream
We’re all familiar with the American Dream — the idea that anyone in the United States can climb the economic ladder of opportunity — but is it still achievable? AETN continues to address poverty in the state with “A Deeper Look: The American Dream in Arkansas” and to survey the national landscape with “Dream On.” Learn more about these projects and a special night of programming after the jump.


Volunteers Like You
You can have fun, help others and support causes and organizations by sharing a bit of your spare time and volunteering! Learn how you (or your group) can help others — and yourself — by working with AETN Foundation.


Parents, PJs and Pies
Wear your PJs and join us for a fun-filled family event as we and our partners at Dropping Back in and Healthy Families of Faulkner and Conway Counties share education resources on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.! “Parents, PJs and Pies” will feature a BBQ lunch, giveaways, fun activities and special “Llama Llama Red Pajama” gift bags.


“Back Road Barns” - Viewer Photos
Coming to AETN on Thursday, Aug. 25, “Back Road Barns” travels through rural Arkansas on a visual road trip to classic barns that have long been a part of our culture. See a preview of what you have to look forward to by scrolling through viewer photo submissions for a special segment of the AETN original film.


Save the Date for AETN Family Day
Travel back in time to the 1960s when AETN first came on the airwaves at Family Day 2016: Peace, Love and AETN! We’re celebrating our 50th anniversary with screenings of episodes of classic programs from the AETN Video Vault, opportunities to meet your favorite PBS KIDS characters and sneak peeks of what to expect next on Saturday, Sept. 24.