Jeremy Piven To Dominate Downton Abbey A New British Period Drama??

Jeremy Piven

Fans of Downton Abbey, get ready to sink your anglophilic teeth into a new period-peice project starring…Jeremy Piven??!!

Our friends across the blue have penned a 10 episode series based on the life and ideas of American entrepreneur, Harry Gordon Selfridge, and they want the Piv to play Mr. Selfridge himself.

Ari Gold Jeremy Piven is currently in negotiations with ITV to play the eccentric visionary – a refreshing break from the ball-busting, short-tempered agent Piven has played for the last seven years on Entourage.

For those of us without an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of British culture, Harry Selfridge was a pioneer in the shopping world, launching high street behemoth Selfridge’s in the early twentieth century, a time when women in the UK began enjoying unprecedented freedoms.

Supposedly, Harry wanted to make a woman’s shopping experience as exciting as a sexual romp. He also wished to empower the women of the British isles and celebrate their innate feminine charms (Ooo this show definitely has some steamy potential!).

The show, entitled Mr. Selfridge, will be produced by ITV studios and will be directed by Jon Jones of Downton Abbey fame.

The program is being shopped around to american networks, so hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to chomp on this morsel of British life in the twentieth century!

[Image via FayesVision/WENN.]

Mar 8, 2012 5:40pm PDT

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