With its biggest hit show Downton Abbey in full swing on air this winter, PBS is looking to Mr. Selfridge, which is shaping up to be a hit across the pond on ITV, to continue to bring in the viewers come spring. A far cry from his famous portrayal as talent agent Ari Gold on HBO’s Entourage, Jeremy Piven goes back a hundred years or so to play Harry Selfridge, an American businessman who founded the famous Selfridge’s department store in London.
Piven told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena that while he was not thinking TV would be his next move, Mr. Selfridge was the right project. “There was no way to not do this, really,” he said. “Being on Masterpiece is like telling a Jewish mother you’re going to be a doctor. I’ve made it.”