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.
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