anne of green gables, tv movie, PBS, ella ballentine"Anne of Green Gables" is once again a hot television property: After Netflix announced an upcoming "Anne" series, another new adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic novel is now coming to PBS.

The TV movie "Anne of Green Gables" stars Ella Ballentine as the titular orphan, and Martin Sheen as Matthew Cuthbert, the man who takes in Anne along with his sister, Marilla (played by Sara Botsford). The flick was originally produced for Canadian television, and aired in the country back in February.

According to Canada's Global News, this adaptation of "Anne" sets itself apart from the iconic 1980s miniseries as "a more modern take on the story, with darker, edgier moments that take it out of the past and into the present." It was produced in part by Montgomery's granddaughter, Kate MacDonald Butler.

This version is unrelated to the upcoming Netflix and CBC co-production, an eight-episode series to be written by Emmy winner Moira Walley-Beckett ("Breaking Bad") and directed by Niki Caro ("Whale Rider"). That series is set to debut on both the CBC and Netflix sometime in 2017.

"Anne of Green Gables" airs on PBS on Thanksgiving Day, November 24.

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