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Luke Wilson Joins 'Enlightened' (Enough With the AT&T Commercials Already!)

by Scott Harris, posted Jan 4th 2010 9:06AM
Luke Wilson and Diane Ladd are turning to an unusual source to find enlightenment: HBO.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Wilson and Ladd are the latest big names to sign on for HBO's new comedy pilot 'Enlightened.' Starring Laura Dern as Amy, the series tells the story of " a self-destructive woman who after a meltdown has a spiritual awakening and becomes determined to live an enlightened life, creating havoc at home and work."Luke Wilson and Diane Ladd are turning to an unusual source to find enlightenment: HBO.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Wilson and Ladd are the latest big names to sign on for HBO's new comedy pilot 'Enlightened.' Starring Laura Dern as Amy, the series tells the story of " a self-destructive woman who after a meltdown has a spiritual awakening and becomes determined to live an enlightened life, creating havoc at home and work."

Now that havoc will include Wilson, who is slated to play Levi, Amy's drugged out ex-husband. This marks the first major television role for Wilson, who is best known for roles in such offbeat films as 'Bottle Rocket,' 'Rushmore' and 'The Royal Tenenbaums;' previously, Wilson's largest television role had been a recurring guest spot on 'That 70's Show.'

While the television gig marks a change of pace for Wilson, though, Ladd's turn as mother to Dern's character will be a return to the familiar: not only has Ladd played Dern's mother in four previous films, she has a bit of an advantage in that she is, in fact, Dern's actual mother. The casting isn't a simple case of nepotism, however; Dern and Ladd seem to bring out the best in each other when working together, as evidenced by their work in the 1991 feature 'Rambling Rose,' which earned both actresses Oscar nominations.

But it's the casting of Wilson that really has us buzzing, not only because he seems a perfect fit for the kind of quirky humor that HBO has perfected in recent years, but also because his increased workload could possibly mean the end of those ubiquitous and irritating AT&T commercials. Sure, it's possible that his increased profile will actually aid and prolong that ill-advised campaign, but we're trying to look on the bright side: with enlightenment, after all, comes compassion, so here's hoping this spells the end of this national annoyance.

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