OK, I love Downton Abbey and have, up to now, been completely pleased with the whole thing. But here comes Season 3 and Shirley MacLaine.
Please!! You expect us to believe that Shirley is Lady Grantham's mother? I don't buy it for one second that she could have raised Lady Grantham.
I love Shirley, but she is, oddly, just not right for this part. Perhaps Kathy Bates, Dana Ivey, or even Rosemary Harris, or - better yet, Estelle Parsons, would be glorious in the part and give Dame Maggie a run for her money.
Hate to be a grinch, but there it is.