PBS will air the second season of the period drama Mr. Selfridge starring Jeremy Piven.
The American broadcaster has picked up the broadcast rights for the second series which will likely air in 2014 as part of the Masterpiece Classic strand.
Mr. Selfridge tells the story of department store founder Harry Gordon Selfridge; an American who founded the department store in London.
While Mr. Selfridge did not generate the buzz of Downton Abbey stateside the drama still pulled in, on average, 4 million viewers per episode.
In the UK the drama also rated well for ITV who were quick to order a second season. The period drama generated more buzz amongst the UK media because of its similar setting to the BBC One drama The Paradise; set in a northern department store.
Although the two drama’s did not air opposite each other (and were not on air at the same time) parts of the media were quick to play up the idea of a rivalry between them. The Paradise has also been renewed for a second series by the BBC.
The second series of Mr. Selfridge will shift forward to 1914 and the lead-up to World War One – which was covered in the second series of Downton Abbey. The second series will reportedly not feature Katherine Kelly who, according to press reports, declined to return.