The “Downton Abbey” Season 3 premiere is still months away for us States-side Downtonites, so we have to muddle through by scooping every little bit of Season 3 footage we can. Luckily, the BBC has just released this “Downton” featurette that has a few new snippets of the Crawley family and their cohorts.

Martha Levinson (Shirley MacLaine) arrives and like any good busybody grandmother, immediately sticks her nose into the arrangements for Lady Mary’s pending nuptials — “Now Mary, dearest Mary. You tell me all of your wedding plans and I’ll see what I can do to improve them.”

It’s also pretty delightful to see Tom and Sybil’s arrival — good on Cora, Mary and Edith for being so welcoming. We imagine both Sybil’s father Lord Grantham and pseudo-grandfather Carson will be a bit harder to win over.

“Downton Abbey” premieres this Sunday, Sept. 16 in the U.K. and Jan. 6, 2013 in the U.S.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."