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'Anne of Green Gables - The Good Stars' to premiere on AETN Nov. 23

Posted 14 Nov 2017

"Anne of Green Gables - The Good Stars" will premiere on the Arkansas Educational Television Network Thursday, Nov. 23, at 7 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.

The second installment in a new adaptation of the classic L.M. Montgomery tales written and directed by John Kent Harrison, "The Good Stars" will again star critically acclaimed actor Martin Sheen as Matthew Cuthbert, along with returning leads 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 ("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.

The iconic Canadian literary classic returns after the successful Thanksgiving 2016 premiere of "Anne of Green Gables," which reached more than 3.2 million viewers nationwide. The third installment, "Anne of Green Gables - Fire & Dew," will premiere in 2018.

At 9 p.m., a rebroadcast of the series' first installment, "Anne of Green Gables," will follow the premiere of "Anne of Green Gables - The Good Stars."

The Arkansas Educational Television Network is Arkansas's only statewide public media network, which enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers through the distinct channels AETN PBS, AETN Create, AETN PBS KIDS, AETN World and AETN AIRS on SAP. Audiences can also watch on several digital platforms, and members with AETN Passport have extended on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at aetn.org. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro) and KETZ (El Dorado).