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All the Ways 'Mr. Selfridge' Is in no Way Like 'Downton Abbey'

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Jeremy Piven's new PBS period drama Mr. Selfridge seems kinda like Downton Abbey. It's a "lavish costume drama" set in Edwardian-era England, with a budget of more than 1 million pounds an episode. But the show's executive producer, Kate Lewis, tells WWD that that's where the similarities end.

The series tells the tale of how Harry Selfridge reinvented retail by making shopping sexy and fun. Per WWD, you can expect "showgirls, shopgirls, brash businessmen, lots of snazzy merch," and exactly zero dowager countesses. Take a peek at the trailer after the jump.

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