A new women’s specialty channel, VIVA, will broadcast the Canadian premiere of Lost in Austen beginning on Sunday, November 9 at 8 p.m. followed by a “classic” adaptation of a Jane Austen novel. It appears from the press release that subsequent episodes and films will be broadcast over four Sunday nights.
One of the highlights of VIVA’s fall lineup is the Canadian premiere of Lost in Austen, a deftly post-modern four-part tale of a woman who worships the novels of Jane Austen and is suddenly transported one day to the world of Pride and Prejudice, swapping places with Elizabeth Bennet. A critical triumph in the U.K., Lost in Austen premieres on Sunday, November 9 at 8 p.m. ET. Each episode will be followed by a classic Jane Austen movie, starting with Sense and Sensibility, then Mansfield Park, Emma and Pride and Prejudice on the following Sundays.
In other words, who knows which version…but if we were a betting Editrix, our money would be on 95, 99, 97-Paltrow and 05, respectively.
The station is targeting women 40-64 (aka Middle Aged Austen Whores), who no doubt will find Mary Sue fan fiction featuring dimbulb twenty-something British women right up their alley. Oh, wait, it’s a critical triumph. Our bad.