Anne of Green Gables – The Good Stars

(Rochester, NY) – The second installment of the classic Lucy Maud Montgomery story of a free-spirited teenager on Prince Edward Island, Anne of Green Gables – The Good Stars, airs Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 23, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. on WXXI-TV. The iconic Canadian literary classic returns to PBS stations after the successful Thanksgiving 2016 premiere, which reached more than 3.2 million viewers. The third installment, Anne of Green Gables – Fire & Dew, will premiere in 2018 on PBS. The first installment, Anne of Green Gables, airs Saturday, Novmeber 25 at 1 p.m. followed by a encore of Anne of Green Gables – The Good Stars at 3 p.m.

In Anne of Green Gables – The Good Stars, Anne Shirley turns 13 and faces complex situations with friends, learns from inspirational adults and experiences an escalating friendship with Gilbert. Her free-spirited nature is challenged by her perceived need to be sensible, a journey fraught with confusion and some unfortunate — albeit amusing — mishaps.

This second installment, written and directed by John Kent Harrison, will once again star critically acclaimed actor Martin Sheen as Matthew Cuthbert, along with the return of Ella Ballentine as Anne Shirley and Canadian treasure Sara Botsford as Marilla Cuthbert. Additional cast members include Julia Lalonde (“Catch a Christmas Star”) as Diana Barry, Kate Hennig (“ThirtyTwo 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.

Pictured: Ella Ballentine as Anne Shirley
Credit: Courtesy of Breakthrough Entertainment / © 2017 Gables 23 Productions Inc

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