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Jeremy Piven's Next TV Gold?

'Entourage' star reportedly up for British miniseries

By Corey Levitan Mar 8, 2012 11:21AM

Jeremy Piven's first post-"Entourage" TV role could be the lead in a British TV miniseries. According to, negotiations are underway to transform the three-time Emmy winner into flashy retail magnate Harry Selfridge, founder of the London department store Selfridge's (and the notion of luxury shopping) in 1909.


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"Mr. Selfridge" will be produced by Britain's ITV network, which is reportedly eager to tailgate the success of "Downton Abbey" with another period drama. Once production is in gear, the 10-episode series will be shopped to U.S. networks.

The American-born Selfridge was a free-spender and womanizer (at least following the death of his wife). But that’s where his resemblance to Piven's arrogant Ari Gold character ends. As a boss, Selfridge was more selfless than selfish. (Among the quotes attributed to him: "The boss inspires fear; the leader inspires enthusiasm.")

In other words, don't expect Piven's character to eviscerate any assistants.