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HBO picks up Mike White-Laura Dern series

Network gives comedy a nine-episode order

HBO has picked up the Mike White-Laura Dern comedy pilot "Enlightened" to series with a nine-episode order, bringing the total order to 10 half-hours, including the pilot.

The single-camera comedy stars Dern as a self-destructive woman who has a revelatory experience at a treatment center and becomes determined to live an enlightened life, creating unexpected havoc at home and work.

"I'm stoked to finally party with HBO," White said. "I feel lucky to have been given this opportunity to make something original, heartfelt and weird."

White wrote the pilot script based on a story by him and Dern. The two are executive producing, with David Bernad and Jason Weinberg serving as producers.

"Creating a series with the ever-brave HBO and Mike White has been an incredibly exciting journey for me," Dern said. "I'm madly in love with my character Amy."

Co-starring in the pilot opposite Dern were Luke Wilson, Dern's mom Diane Ladd and Sarah Burns.

Production on the series is slated to begin in the summer in Los Angeles.

The project stemmed from Dern's standout performance as Katherine Harris in the 2008 HBO film "Recount," which got the attention of HBO brass, and the actress' close relationship with White, her director on the 2007 film "Year of the Dog."