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Laura Dern and William H. Macy Heading to Cable

by Scott Harris, posted Apr 8th 2010 10:45AM
For thousands of years, mankind has been engaged in an unending search for spiritual and intellectual enlightenment. A search that has finally reached its inevitable destination: HBO.

Yes, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the cable giant has given the green light to 'Enlightenment,' a new comedy starring Laura 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."

The series, which has been expanded to 10 episodes following a successful pilot, is being co-produced and written by Mike White ('School of Rock,' 'Amazing Race 14') and co-stars Luke Wilson and Dern's real-life mother, Diane Ladd. White, for one, couldn't be happier.For thousands of years, mankind has been engaged in an unending search for spiritual and intellectual enlightenment. A search that has finally reached its inevitable destination: HBO.

Yes, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the cable giant has given the green light to 'Enlightenment,' a new comedy starring Laura 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."

The series, which has been expanded to 10 episodes following a successful pilot, is being co-produced and written by Mike White ('School of Rock,' 'Amazing Race 14') and co-stars Luke Wilson and Dern's real-life mother, Diane Ladd. White, for one, couldn't be happier.

"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."

Also coming to a cable channel near you is the somewhat less original, but no doubt equally heartfelt, 'Shameless,' which stars William H. Macy as the deadbeat patriarch of a Chicago family struggling to make it through the recession. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the series, which is based on a British show by the same name and which co-stars Emily Rossum as Macy's unpredictable daughter, has been picked up by Showtime for a twelve episode order.

'Shameless' will also co-star 'West Wing' stalwart Allison Janney.

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