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PBS hits ‘Mr. Selfridge’ Season 2, ‘Call the Midwife’ Season 3 premiere March 30 on WCNY

WCNY, Central New York’s public broadcasting company, will present new seasons of PBS hit programs “Call the Midwife” and “Mr. Selfridge,” Sundays, beginning March 30. “Call the Midwife” Season 3 airs at 8 p.m. and “Mr. Selfridge” Season 2 airs at 9 p.m. on WCNY.

Three-time Emmy-winner Jeremy Piven returns for a sumptuous new season of “Mr. Selfridge” as the man who brought seductive shopping to early twentieth-century London. The news season continues the drama surrounding the birth of Selfridge & Co., the pioneering London department store founded in 1909 by American capitalist buccaneer, Harry Gordon Selfridge, portrayed with passion, charm, and a generous dose of human flaws by Piven.

With the store’s gala fifth anniversary, many employees have moved up the promotion ladder and some have moved on. Rose has moved out, back to America from pique with Harry over his blatant infidelities. She unexpectedly returns to London, but as a changed woman. Meanwhile the loose ends of love affairs from last season get tied up as men are called to serve in a war that will change their lives forever. As in every other sphere of society, World War I puts the store, its employees, managers, and the galaxy of characters who revolve around this symbol of progress to the severest test yet.

“Call the Midwife” Season 3 opens in 1959 as the winds of change are sweeping through the country. Viewers will follow the joys and heartbreak of the midwives as they continue to care for members of the Poplar community and face management changes at Nonnatus House.

In episode one, the nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House move into their new premises, and Sister Winifred, a warm-hearted, slightly innocent young woman, arrives from the Mother House. Sister Monica Joan’s increasingly eccentric behavior causes concern, yet she’s the one who solves a perplexing medical mystery. New housewife and mother Chummy spearhead an Open Day at the Community Centre. After helping to deliver a neighbor’s baby, she decides she wants to return to midwifery.

Season 3 premiered to a record-breaking audience of 9.6 million viewers in the United Kingdom.

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