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PBS scoops up two more Anne MOWs

The first installment of the Breakthrough Entertainment-produced trilogy attracted more than three million viewers on the US pubcaster in November.
March 16, 2017

US public broadcaster PBS has picked up the second and third films in Breakthrough Entertainment’s Anne of Green Gables movie of the week trilogy.

PBS announced it had acquired the first installment last summer and later aired the TV movie during Thanksgiving in November. The broadcast drew an average audience of 3.2 million viewers and was streamed more than 230,000 times on PBS digital platforms, according to the pubcaster.

No US air date has been set for parts two and three of the trilogy, entitled The Good Stars and Fire and Dew, respectively. Both the first and second films have already aired in Canada on Corus Entertainment-owned YTV.

The movies were produced by Toronto’s Breakthrough in association with YTV. L.M. Montgomery’s granddaughter Kate Macdonald Butler served as executive producer.

Both the second and third instalments star Martin Sheen as Matthew Cuthbert, Ella Ballentine as Anne Shirley and Sara Botsford as Marilla Cuthbert.

Breakthrough has also signed an L&M deal to support the franchise. The production company in October unveiled a five-year worldwide licensing agreement with Anne of Green Gables Licensing Authority (which is jointly owned by the heirs of L.M. Montgomery and the Province of Prince Edward Island) that allows Breakthrough to license merchandise related to the MOWs.

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