This version, on the evidence of Sunday’s two-hour opener, is not reverential, nor is it overcontemporized, but it affords Anne Shirley an agency that is formidable. . . . It imagines rather than remembers or reveres previous versions, no matter how beloved they were. This Anne should be approached and appreciated in the same spirit – it’s a sublimely reinvigorated Anne of Green Gables.
My PVR machine has revealed the titles of the first two episodes of Anne with an “E”: “Your Will Shall Decide Your Destiny” and “I Am No Bird, and No Net Ensnares Me.” Both are allusions to Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre, which had a profound influence on L.M. Montgomery’s writing.
This highly anticipated series premieres on CBC Television next Sunday, March 19, and on Netflix on Friday, May 12. Several clips have been posted to the Anne web page at CBC.ca, including a scene, released last week on International Women’s Day, depicting the women of the Avonlea sewing circle discussing the term “feminism.”
Yesterday after work I came across two ads for the upcoming CBC/Netflix television series Anne with an “E”—the first in Dundas Square and the second at a bus stop in Parkdale.
Anne will premiere in March on CBC in Canada and in May on Netflix internationally.
Earlier today, the CBC website released an official trailer for Anne with an “E”, the upcoming series that will premiere in Canada on Sunday, March 19. It has also released a two-minute clip from the first episode. Check it out, along with information about cast and crew, on the Anne web page at CBC.ca!
The premiere dates for CBC/Netflix’s upcoming series Anne with an “E” were announced today on the website The Televixen: the first episode will air Sunday, March 19 on CBC Television and on Friday, May 12 on Netflix! The series, written and created by Moira Walley-Beckett, will consist of a first season of seven episodes.
Breakthrough Entertainment released yesterday a trailer for its second Anne movie, entitled L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars, which will premiere on YTV on 20 February 2017.
According to a press release published yesterday, the third telefilm, L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables: Fire and Dew, will premiere on YTV on 1 July 2017.
The Hollywood Reporter announced yesterday that PBS has acquired U.S. broadcasting rights to Breakthrough Entertainment’s recent telefilm L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, featuring Ella Ballentine in the title role, with plans to broadcast the movie on Thanksgiving Day, 24 November 2016.
UPDATE: Breakthrough Entertainment also announced on Twitter over the weekend that the movie is set for theatrical release in Australia and New Zealand!
— Breakthrough (@breakthru_ent) June 11, 2016
Breakthrough Entertainment’s new telefilm L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, which airs tonight on YTV, has received a tremendous amount of coverage in the press. Here are a few highlights:
- Ella Ballentine, who plays Anne Shirley, interviewed by the Toronto Sun;
- Sara Botsford, who plays Marilla Cuthbert, interviewed by The Televixen;
- Ella Ballentine and Sara Botsford both interviewed by Monsters and Critics;
- Kate Macdonald Butler, L.M. Montgomery’s granddaughter and an executive producer of the movie, interviewed by The Toronto Star;
- Martin Sheen, who plays Matthew Cuthbert, interviewed by The Televixen and by the Globe and Mail;
- Melanie Fishbane, author of an upcoming YA novel based on the teen years of L.M. Montgomery, has contributed both a review of the telefilm and a tour of its set to the website Cinefilles;
- Additional coverage at the Charlottetown Guardian and at CBC News.
Have I missed anything? Let me know!
Plans to broadcast the movie outside Canada or to release it on DVD have not yet been announced.
UPDATE: “Young Actress ‘Excited’ to Play Anne of Green Gables in New TV Movie” (CBC News)
A press release circulated on CNW: A PR Newswire Company confirms that the world premiere of Breakthrough Entertainment’s telefilm L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables will be on YTV on Monday, 15 February 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM EST. Also published today is a slightly extended trailer for the telefilm, which stars Ella Ballentine as Anne, Sara Botsford as Marilla, and Martin Sheen as Matthew.
Video: L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables premiering Monday, February 15 at 6 p.m. ET/PT on YTV.