*The hottest TV show this side of “Scandal” just released a 30-second teaser trailer for its anticipated fourth season.
“Downton Abbey” returns Jan. 5 to PBS with the show’s aristocratic family and their servants entering the jazz age, as evidenced by the program’s first black character – a charming and charismatic jazz singer named Jack Ross (Gary Carr).
The clip opens with Dowager Countess Violet (Maggie Smith) telling a bereaved Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery), “You have a straightforward choice before you. You must choose either death or life.”
The teaser yields nothing in terms of future storylines, but we do see a glimpse of Jack on the dance floor.
At the Television Critics Association Press Tour in August, producer Gareth Neame said the casting of Carr was not in response to criticism over the show’s lack of diversity. His goal, instead, was to introduce more minority characters if he could do so in a manner that was “historically believable.” Listen below.
Season four of “Downton Abbey” airs in the U.S. starting at 9 p.m. Jan. 5 on PBS. Watch the new teaser below.