PBS scoops up two more Anne MOWs

The first instalment of the Breakthrough Entertainment-produced trilogy drew in more than three million viewers on the pubcaster in November.

U.S. public broadcaster PBS has picked up the second and third films in Breakthrough Entertainment’s Anne of Green Gables MOW trilogy.

PBS announced it had acquired the first instalment last summer and later aired the TV movie during American 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 U.S. air date has been set for parts two and three of the trilogy, titled The Good Stars and Fire and Dew, respectively. Both the first and second films have aired in Canada on YTV.

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

The Good Stars is written and directed by John Kent Harrison, while Fire and Dew is written by Susan Coyne and directed by John Kent Harrison. 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 P.E.I.) that allows Breakthrough to license merchandise related to its Anne MOWs.