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Downton Abbey's Final Season Will Debut in January

Grab your tissues and prepare to say your goodbyes, Downton Abbey fans. PBS has settled on a premiere date for the show's final stateside adventure. The Masterpiecedrama will premiere Sunday, January 3, the network announced Saturday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

“It has made a big difference for a lot of reasons,” PBS CEO Paula Kerger told reporters. “There is no question it has been a great gift. It brought a lot of people back to public television. We really tried to take advantage of that... At a time when the financial meltdown was challenging everyone, it gave us a lift.”

To celebrate the show's final season, the series will be honored with its own float in the Rose Bowl parade. HOW DO YOU LIKE THEM APPLES, DAN STEVENS? ARE YOU JEALOUS? Okay, so the actors themselves will probably not be riding on the float, which I've been assured will "have a lot of flowers on it" and be Downton-themed, but it's still fun to imagine that the man formerly known as Matthew Crawley is very sad he won't be asked to appear.

Are you ready to see Downton end? What do you wish for the final season? And also, what do you think it means when the float is Downton-themed? Will everyone be drinking tea while Lady Edith is forced to drive?

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