ITV is still staying in business with “Mr. Selfridge.” Today, the network officially announced that they have commissioned (i.e. renewed) the Jeremy Piven series for what will be a fourth season. Samuel West, Tom Goodman-Hill, Ron Cook, Amanda Abbington, Amy Beth Hayes, Katherine Kelly, Trystan Gravelle, and Sacha Parkinson are all going to be back along with him, which may be comforting news for those potentially worried about some sort of cast exodus.
We have to admit that before this announcement, we were not entirely sure just what the future for this show was going to hold. While “Mr. Selfridge” airs in countries all over the world (including PBS, where it will premiere a little later this year), it’s not necessarily a smash hit in any of them. Its ratings have been throttled in the UK by rival network BBC, and it is far from the level of success obtained by “Downton Abbey,” “Sherlock,” or “Call the Midwife,” which are three of the more established British TV hits. We’d include “Doctor Who” in here, as well, but it’s been around for so long at this point that it’s practically a given.
Now that we’ve said all of this, we should also add that we are by and large very happy to see the show return to ITV for more episodes. It’s an entertaining show, anchored mostly by Piven’s charisma and a different sort of story than we are used to seeing elsewhere. Go ahead and name just how many British shows are out there that are themed around a store, and then star an American actor. Here’s a clue: There aren’t many.
The new season should premiere at some point next year.
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