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'Mr. Selfridge' premiere: What did you think? By Andrea Reiher March 31, 2013 11:00 PM ET (ZAP 2 IT)

PBS' "Masterpiece Classic" debuted a new drama Sunday (March 31), hoping to attract the viewers who are currently in "Downton Abbey" withdrawal with period piece "Mr. Selfridge," which has already aired in the U.K. to solid ratings, averaging 8.5 million viewers per episode.

The question is -- will it catch on here in the U.S.?

Star Jeremy Piven is best known for his work as Ari Gold on "Entourage," a fast-talking, neurotic Hollywood talent agent. We can't imagine that "Mr. Selfridge" is going to attract many "Entourage" viewers, so we're curious as to the PBS viewer reaction to Piven in the titular role, which is not unlike his "Entourage" character.

For us, while Piven is certainly a solid Selfridge, we found the supporting characters even more interesting. In particular, Aisling Loftus as Agnes Towler, a shop girl who takes care of her younger brother and has to put up with a mooching, alcoholic father.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I turned it off after 15 minutes; it turned me off after 2 minutes. Selfridge actor very wooden, his smile is toooooo phony and shows toooo many teeth; and quite frankly he was unbelievable as a leading actor in any series. Sorry to say this as I am an avid PBS FAN AND SUPPORTER.