BOSTON, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- This January, MASTERPIECE THEATRE will
introduce a new look, new scheduling, and the first of three new hosts for
2008. Gillian Anderson, well known to MASTERPIECE fans for her Emmy- and
Golden Globe-nominated performance as Lady Dedlock in Bleak House, will
make her debut as the host of MASTERPIECE CLASSIC on The Complete Jane
Austen, the highly anticipated showcase of all six of Austen's novels,
premiering Sunday, January 13 on PBS.
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"Gillian is the perfect choice to represent the new MASTERPIECE
CLASSIC," says executive producer Rebecca Eaton. "Through Bleak House, we
learned just how passionate she is about the kind of programming we offer.
And she's incredibly versatile: How many other actors would choose to go
from The X- Files to Charles Dickens?"
"I am a huge supporter of MASTERPIECE THEATRE and the quality and
integrity of its programming," said Anderson. "And if my hosting the first
season brings a new generation of viewers to the classics, then I'm proud
to be a part of it."
A new MASTERPIECE CLASSIC host is not the only change coming to the
series in January. Viewers can look forward to a schedule that breaks the
year into three "seasons," each with its own host, stunning graphics, and
fresh take on the series' famous theme music. In winter and spring,
MASTERPIECE CLASSIC will feature signature period dramas. In summer,
MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! will present the best British mysteries, and in fall,
MASTERPIECE CONTEMPORARY will show dramas set in modern times.
"Our viewers told us that they miss having a host to lead them into the
programs," said Eaton. "In 2008, we're going a step further, bringing on
three hosts to the series -- each with a true appreciation for the genre
they represent. We'll also introduce an elegant new on-air look, a
redesigned feature-rich website, and a schedule that will help make our
content easier to find. What won't change is the caliber of our
Anderson will present the ten programs in the first MASTERPIECE CLASSIC
season, including adaptations of all six of Austen's novels plus a new
biopic; Cranford, a three-part miniseries starring Judi Dench; My Boy Jack,
starring Daniel Radcliffe and Kim Cattrall; and a new adaptation of A Room
with a View by Andrew Davies.
Hosts for MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! and MASTERPIECE CONTEMPORARY will be
announced in 2008.
MASTERPIECE has been presented on PBS by WGBH since 1971. Rebecca Eaton
is executive producer. Funding for MASTERPIECE is provided by public
television viewers and CPB.
SOURCE WGBH-TV Boston