PBS will keep the British period drama train rolling into 2014 with a second season of “Mr. Selfridge.”
The network announced Monday (July 22) that it’s picked up a second season of the series for “Masterpiece Classic.” The show, starring Jeremy Piven as an American entrepreneur who founded Selfridge’s department store in early 20th century London, will be back in 2014.
“I’m absolutely delighted that ‘Masterpiece’ viewers welcomed Mr. Selfridge into their homes,” Piven says in a statement. “‘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.”
Season 2 is currently in production in the U.K. and will be set on the eve of World War I in 1914. Polly Walker (“Rome”), Cal Macaninch and Aidan McArdle will join the cast, and Frances O’Connor, Aisling Loftus, Katherine Kelly, Gregory Fitoussi, Tyrstan Gravelle, Amanda Abbington, Ron Cook and Tom Goodman-Hill will all return.
Season 1 of “Mr. Selfridge” averaged about 4 million viewers per episode for PBS. It was largely ignored in last week’s Emmy nominations, however, scoring only one nod for music composition.