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A 'Downton Abbey' sneak peek

A "Downton Abbey" sneak peek at season three revealed that fireworks will fly between matriarchs played by Maggie Smith and newcomer Shirley MacLaine. The aristocratic Crawley family endures a financial crisis. And, despite the engagement of Matthew and Mary at the end of last season, all is not well — gasp! — with the pair played by Dan Stevens and Michelle Dockery.

PBS showed brief clips from next season to the Television Critics Association on Saturday before a panel discussion with cast members and producers of the international hit. They took a break from taping in London to meet reporters in Beverly Hills. Their visit followed a strong showing by "Downton Abbey" in Thursday's Emmy nominations with 16 bids, including best drama series. In one scene shared by PBS, Hugh Bonneville's Robert Crawley, also known as Lord Grantham, is shown confessing to his wealthy American wife Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) about an investment gone wrong. "Has some of my fortune been lost?" she asks. "Almost all," he replies, tearfully. Tart dialogue involving MacLaine's Laura and Smith's Violet, the dowager countess, also looks to be a hallmark of season three.

It begins airing in September in the U.K. and next January on PBS. "When I'm with her, I'm reminded of the virtues of the English," Violet says of Laura. "But isn't she American?" asks a puzzled Matthew. "Exactly," Violet replies.