The press is speculating on whether the four-hour ABC mini-series Titanic (April 14 and 15) will live up to James Cameron’s hugely successful 1997 movie (which returns to the big screen in 3-D in April).

The real question may be whether it lives up to Downton Abbey; Julian Fellowes created both for the UK’s ITV (The Guardian refers to it as “Downton-on-Sea”).

A flood of Titanic-themed books is on its way (when James Cameron’s movie came out fifteen years ago, it was credited with selling thousands of books on the subject; the joke in publishing circles was that Titanic was the “tide that raised all boats”).

Cameron will lead a new two-hour special called Titanic: The Final Word With James Cameron on The National Geographic Channel on April 8th.

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