From a media release:
Following the 2016 debut ofÂ YTVâ€™sÂ L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green GablesÂ film,Â nominated forÂ threeÂ Canadian Screen AwardsÂ this year,Â YTV announced today the worldÂ premiere dates forÂ The Good StarsÂ andÂ Fire & Dew, theÂ second and third installments in its film series, respectively. From birthdays to baking to boys, Anne Shirley tries to navigate the ups and downs of adolescence in the second film,Â TheÂ Good Stars, premiering on Family Day,Â Monday, February 20Â atÂ 6 p.m. ET/PT. Anneâ€™s next adventure takes her to Charlottetown in YTVâ€™s final chapter of this classic Canadian tale,Â Fire & Dew, bowing on Canadaâ€™s 150thÂ Birthday,Â Saturday, July 1.
In partnership withÂ Heirs of L.M. Montgomery Inc.Â and Executive Produced byÂ L.M. Montgomeryâ€™s granddaughter,Â Kate Macdonald Butler, YTV is proud to share its authentic re-tellingÂ of this iconic Canadian tale with audiences of all ages. Shot entirely in Canada, the film series features an all-star cast in reprising roles including series star,Â Ella BallentineÂ (Anne Shirley), critically acclaimed actor,Â Martin Sheen, (Matthew Cuthbert), and legendary Canadian actress,Â Sara BotsfordÂ (Marilla Cuthbert). Botsford was recently nominated by the Canadian Screen Awards forÂ Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Limited SeriesÂ for her portrayal of Marilla Cuthbert in the first film.Â
InÂ L.M. Montgomeryâ€™sÂ Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars,Â beloved Anne Shirley turns thirteen and faces a host of new milestones: first sleepovers, culinary misadventures, and shifting relationships with her bosom friend Diana and academic rival Gilbert Blythe. Through all this, Anne strives to strike a balance between becoming an upstanding, sensible young woman, and embracing her inquisitive and free-spirited nature.Â Premieres Family Day, Monday, February 20 at 6 p.m. ET/PT. Watch YTVâ€™s newÂ trailerÂ forÂ The Good StarsÂ and catch up on the first film Monday, February 20 at 4 p.m. ET/PT or watch it onÂ ytv.comÂ and the YTVGo App starting today.
InÂ L.M. Montgomeryâ€™sÂ Anne of Green Gables: Fire & Dew, Anne heads to Charlottetown to attend accelerated classes as she continues to work towards her dream of being a school teacher. While there, she is forced to adapt quickly to her new surroundings and classmates as she navigates her way through her first school experience outside of her beloved Green Gables. Anne finds herself facing daunting choices for her future, the stirrings of romance, and tragedy unlike anything sheâ€™s ever known. Meanwhile, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert contend with advancing age as they deal with financial challenges andÂ the first signs of declining health.Â As a special Canada Day celebration, YTV is hosting a marathon of theÂ L.M. Montgomeryâ€™s Anne of Green GablesÂ films concluding with the premiere ofÂ Fire & DewÂ on Saturday, July 1.
Originally published in 1908 by Lucy Maud Montgomery, the tale of Anne Shirley and her adventures in Green Gables span over 8 novels and has reached readers in over 25 languages.
L.M. Montgomeryâ€™sÂ Anne of Green GablesÂ film seriesÂ is producedÂ by Breakthrough Entertainment in association withÂ L. M. Montgomeryâ€™s granddaughter, Kate Macdonald ButlerÂ who served as Executive Producer. Award-winning director John Kent Harrison, who also wroteÂ TheÂ Good StarsÂ returns, as well asÂ Susan Coyne who wroteÂ Fire & Dew.Â Additional cast includesÂ Julia Lalonde and Drew Haytaoglu who star in reprising roles.