PBS has ordered season two of their Mr. Selfridge TV series. The period drama stars Jeremy Piven as the American entrepreneur who founded the UK’s Selfridge department store.
The program’s first season averaged about four million viewers per episode and has been sampled by about 15 million people over the course the first eight episodes.
Season two is currently filming in the UK and will air on PBS’ Masterpiece Classic sometime in 2014.
Here’s their press release:
“Mr. Selfridge” Season II to Air on MASTERPIECE on PBS
Jeremy Piven Returns in Highly-Rated Drama
Boston, MA, July 22, 2013 – Following its ratings success in the U.S., MASTERPIECE and PBS have announced a second season of Mr. Selfridge, starring Jeremy Piven as the flamboyant American entrepreneur who founded the famous Selfridge’s department store. Season II will air on MASTERPIECE Classic in 2014.
The first season of Mr. Selfridge reached nearly 15 million viewers over its eight episodes, with an average viewing audience of 4 million people an episode. An ITV Studios/MASTERPIECE coproduction, the season also had strong online viewing numbers, totaling over 1.1 million views during the season’s run. In addition, Mr. Selfridge was recently honored with an Emmy(R) nomination for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series.
Mr. Selfridge marked Jeremy Piven’s return to television after his Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R)- winning performance in the hit series Entourage.
“I’m absolutely delighted that MASTERPIECE viewers welcomed Mr. Selfridge into their homes,” said Piven. “Mr. Selfridge is a true ensemble piece, and audiences can look forward to seeing the return of their favorite characters and some intriguing new faces.” MASTERPIECE executive producer Rebecca Eaton said, “It is clear from our audience’s reaction that they want more of Harry Selfridge, his family and department store shopping! We’re happy to have Jeremy and the rest of the talented Mr. Selfridge cast in the MASTERPIECE family.”
Currently filming in the UK, the second season picks up the story in 1914, as the store celebrates its fifth anniversary in business. With World War I imminent, the lives of everyone at Selfridge’s will inevitably be affected.
“We are very excited to bring a second season of Mr. Selfridge to PBS stations nationwide,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming, PBS. “This department store drama has charmed audiences with wonderful performances, intriguing plots and beautiful costumes–bringing a sparkle of glamour to our Sunday night lineup.”
In addition to Mr. Piven, the returning cast includes Frances O’Connor as his wife Rose, Aisling Loftus as Agnes Towler, Katherine Kelly as Lady Mae, Grégory Fitoussi as Henri Leclair, Trystan Gravelle as Victor Colleano, Amanda Abbington as Miss Mardle, Tom Goodman-Hill as Roger Grove, and Ron Cook as Mr. Crabb. Additions to the ensemble include Polly Walker (John Carter), Cal Macaninch (Warriors, Wild at Heart) as Mr Thackeray and Aidan McArdle (Jane Eyre, Einstein’s Big Idea).
Funding provided by Mr. Selfridge is a Co-Production of ITV Studios and MASTERPIECE and based on “Shopping, Seduction & Mr. Selfridge” by Lindy Woodhead. Kate Brooke heads-up the writing team on the second season working alongside Kate O’Riordan, Dan Sefton and Andrew Davies.
The season will be produced by Cherry Gould (Lightfields, Above Suspicion), and executive produced for ITV Studios’ by Kate Lewis alongside Kate Brooke, Kate O’Riordan, Andrew Davies and Rebecca Eaton for MASTERPIECE. Jeremy Piven is Producer. The director of episodes 5, 6 and 7 of season one, Anthony Byrne (Silent Witness, Single Handed) will return to direct the first two episodes.
MASTERPIECE on PBS is presented by WGBH Boston. Rebecca Eaton is executive producer. Funding for MASTERPIECE is provided by Viking River Cruises and Ralph Lauren Corporation with additional support from public television viewers and contributors to The MASTERPIECE Trust, created to help ensure the series’ future. pbs.org/masterpiece
What do you think? Have you watched Mr. Selfridge on PBS? Are you glad to hear that it’s coming back next year?