Romance, Scandal and that Secret Baby: What to Look for in Downton Abbey's New Season

No meth labs. No superheroes. No steamy sex scenes. So what exactly is it that’s got me – an avowed avoider of most things period, British and cozy – hooked on Downton Abbey?

George Clooney Seduces Elizabeth McGovern on Downton Abbey (VIDEO)

Can a girl get a better Christmas present than a kiss from George Clooney?

And not just any kiss. If you happen to be the Countess of Grantham, you get to enjoy a Clooney smooch the full length of your left arm from wrist to shoulder.

Downton Abbey's Elizabeth McGovern Is in a Band

Elizabeth McGovern Spoofs Downton Abbey During Disney World Trip

Downton at Disney?

Elizabeth McGovern poked fun at herself on Sunday as she posed for a portrait that parodies the Downton Abbey cast photo during a visit to Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

McGovern, 52, stood at the head of two lines of Disney employees in front of Epcot’s United Kingdom Pavilion, which was meant to represent Highclere Castle, the historical building used in the hit television show.

Downton Abbey's Maggie Smith & Elizabeth McGovern: Before They Were Stars

Everyone has a past … even the actors on Downton Abbey.

Long before they were cast as members of the aristocratic Crawley family, Dame Maggie Smith and Elizabeth McGovern appeared in a variety of films, and has the photos to prove it.

Lady Mary Set to Wed as Third Season of Downton Abbey Premieres (Photo)

It looks like Lady Mary will finally make a fetching and stylish bride.

New photos posted by show Mary in her wedding gown as she is set to marry distant cousin – and heir to the family’s fortune – Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens) in the third season of Downton Abbey, which returns to American television on Sunday night (9 p.m. ET) on PBS.

Emmy Nominations: PEOPLE TV Critic's Take

If you ask why I am crying, it’s because Madeleine Stowe, star of ABC’s Revenge, is not among the Emmy nominees. In fact, I am crying just as she would: My eyes are ringed with big, ready-to-drop tears of wrath and sorrow.

Otherwise, the latest batch of nominees is pretty satisfying.

Shirley MacLaine Didn't Know What Downton Abbey Was Before She Filmed It

British TV import Downton Abbey has found many fans in the States, but until recently Shirley MacLaine was not one of them.

“I walked in to my hairdresser lady’s place in Malibu and they were talking about [the show],” MacLaine told reporters Saturday at the TCAs in Los Angeles. “I said, ‘What do they mean?’ Then I saw [the show], and I had three months of [filming] it.”

Shirley MacLaine Joins the Cast of Downton Abbey

Look who’s coming to Downton!

Shirley MacLaine will join the cast of British period drama Downton Abbey for its third season, producers confirmed Monday.

MacLaine, 77, will play Martha Levinson, the American mother of Elizabeth McGovern’s wealthy countess, Lady Cora Grantham. The Oscar-winning screen legend will go toe to toe with Maggie Smith, who portrays the tart-tongued Dowager Countess Violet, according to the show’s producers.