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."
- Danny Boyle in Talks to Direct Steve Jobs Movie, Leonardo DiCaprio Eyed to Star
- Bryan Singer Accuser Names Three Hollywood Insiders in New Sex Abuse Lawsuits (Video)
- The Scene and Stars at the Tribeca Film Festival (Photos)
- Summer Movie Preview: Will Godzilla or Spider-Man (Or Angelina Jolie?) Dominate Your Cineplex?
- MOST SHARED
- MOST POPULAR
- Watch These Grooving 'Grannies' Get Down Before Running Marathons For A Good Cause
- David Alan Grier's 'How To Tell Black People Apart' Is Just What The World Needs
- Debbie Allen Knows There Won't Be Diversity On TV Until We Meld Into One Melting Pot Of A Race
- Nikki Reed Talks 'In Your Eyes,' 'Twilight' And More With Co-Star Michael Stahl-David