'Mr. Selfridge's' Jeremy Piven talks 'Downton Abbey,' Harry's duality and more

"Mr. Selfridge" premiered on PBS Sunday (March 31), with star Jeremy Piven stepping into the titular role of the fast-talking American who opened one of the world's largest department stores in early 20th-century London.Piven participated in a live chat Monday with the fans, where he talks about his new television role.Q: "Did you have any reservations about being part of a period piece and now competing with the 'Downton Abbey' standard?"Piven: "No reservations whatsoever. In fact, I couldn't have planned it any better." Q: "What was the appeal of this role?" Piven: "Harry lived such a full, beautiful and ultimately tragic life that it's really fertile ground for a series." Q: "It feels like you were born to play this part...what did you think when you were approached to play Harry?"Piven: "I felt honored that they would think of me for this role and as soon as I read the pilot and their plans for...



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