Piven to star as US founder of UK's Selfridges

FILE - In this June 28, 2009 file photo, Jeremy Piven poses for photos backstage at the 9th Annual BET Awards in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, file) (AP)

July 26, 2012 8:02:51 AM PDT
Jeremy Piven, who played uber-Hollywood agent Ari Gold on the series "Entourage," is moving uptown to PBS' "Masterpiece."

"Masterpiece" executive producer Rebecca Eaton said Wednesday that Piven will star in the drama series "Mr. Selfridge," about the flamboyant American who founded the British department store Selfridges.

The series' creator is Emmy Award-winning writer Andrew Davies, whose TV credits include "Pride and Prejudice" and "Bleak House."

"Mr. Selfridge" will air as part of WGBH Boston's "Masterpiece" showcase in 2013.

The series is a co-production of "Masterpiece" and ITV Studios, which also are teaming on new episodes of popular PBS mystery series including the Inspector Morse prequel "Endeavor," ''Miss Marple" and "Inspector Lewis."