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Eight renews glitzy tale of England’s sensational shopping expert for second season

PHOENIX -- (July 29, 2013) Eight, Arizona PBS viewers will continue to shop till they drop in 2014 when Emmy-nominated Masterpiece Classic Mr. Selfridge, starring three-time Emmy winner Jeremy Piven,premieres its second season.

"I'm absolutely delighted that Masterpiece viewers welcomed Mr. Selfridge into their homes," said Piven who plays Harry Gordon Selfridge.

Season 2 of the glamorous story behind successful Selfridge, the flamboyant American entrepreneur who founded the famous Selfridge's department store in England, will pick up in 1914 with World War I imminent and the store celebrating its fifth anniversary in business.

We’re thrilled to be able to announce a second season of Mr. Selfridge for our Arizona viewers!” said Nancy Southgate, associate general manager of content at Eight, Arizona PBS. “The characters, costumes and storylines of the first season attracted a large audience, and we’re excited that our loyal viewers can now look forward to another season of sensational drama that explores the brilliant mind and innovations from Selfridge’s time that led to today’s shopping experience.”

PBS announced its renewal for a second season of Mr. Selfridge July 22, 2013, following its Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series and its ratings success in the U.S., reaching an average viewing audience of four million people an episode and totaling more than 1.1 million views online during the first season’s run.

"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.”

In addition to Piven, the returning cast includes Frances O'Connor as his wife Rose, Aisling Loftus as Agnes Towler, Katherine Kelly as Lady Mae, Gregory 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.

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