New Adaptation of Anne of Green Gables to Air Thanksgiving Night
PBS has announced that the classic Lucy Maud Montgomery story of a young girl’s life on Prince Edward Island, L.M. MONTGOMERY’S ANNE OF GREEN GABLES will air on Thanksgiving night, Thursday, November 24, 2016, at 7 p.m. on OETA.
“We are excited to bring both ANNE OF GREEN GABLES and POLLYANNA to our viewers on Thanksgiving evening,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager of General Audience Programming, PBS. “These two films are great examples of the quality, family-friendly programming PBS strives to provide during the holiday season and all year long.”
L.M. MONTGOMERY’S ANNE OF GREEN GABLES tells the story of Anne Shirley, a precocious young girl taken from an orphanage and placed in the care of the uptight Marilla Cuthbert and her brother, Matthew. The conservative Marilla has a profound effect on the adventurous Anne and creates a journey of learning and personal engagement that has resonated with generations since L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables was first published in 1908. The book remains an iconic work of Canadian literature and has sold more than 50 million copies worldwide.
Directed by John Kent Harrison and based on the original script by Susan Coyne, this adaptation, filmed in Canada, stars critically acclaimed actor Martin Sheen. Sheen – who has appeared in blockbuster films such as The Amazing Spider Man and The Amazing Spider Man 2, and played the President of the United States in the multi-Emmy winning series “The West Wing” –portrays Matthew Cuthbert, one half of the brother-sister couple who care for Anne Shirley.
Additional cast members of L.M. MONTGOMERY’S ANNE OF GREEN GABLES include 14-year old Ella Ballentine (The Captive) as Anne Shirley, Sara Botsford (“E.N.G.”) as Marilla Cuthbert, Julia Lalonde (“Catch a Christmas Star”) as Diana Barry, Kate Hennig (“Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould”) as Rachel Lynde, Stefani Kimber (Remember) as Josie Pye, Drew Haytaoglu (“Looks Just Like the Sun) as Gilbert Blythe, Kyle Gatehouse (Source Code) as Mr. Phillips and Linda Kash (Cinderella Man) as Mrs. Barry.
L.M. MONTGOMERY’S ANNE OF GREEN GABLES will be available on DVD from PBS Distribution: ShopPBS.org; 800-PLAY-PBS, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The film will also be available for digital download.
L.M. MONTGOMERY’S ANNE OF GREEN GABLES was produced by Breakthrough Entertainment in association with Corus Entertainment’s YTV and the author’s granddaughter, Kate Macdonald Butler, who served as executive producer.