I usually don't give a fuck about casting news, but when I saw that Shirley MacLaine was cast on Downton Abbey it seemed so awesomely perfect I thought for sure it had to be a prank. It isn't.

Yes, MacLaine is going to play the mother of American Lady Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern) who comes from the "colonies" to the English manor house in the third season. There is no way she's not going to start a bitch fight with Maggie Smith's Dowager Countess, right? I mean, this has to happen. Old dame Oscar winner face off!

"Series" three, as the Brits call it, starts filming next week and will air there in September and in the States on PBS sometime thereafter (but we all know you're going to steal it from the internet this fall anyway). Until then, get ready for some Shirley amazingness by watching her tear up "I'm Still Here."

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