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Amy Goes From Enraged to 'Enlightened' in Series Premiere (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 11th 2011 6:30AM
'Enlightened' - 'Pilot'It was an abrupt emotional turnaround in the opening minutes of 'Enlightened' (Mon., 9:30PM ET on HBO). When we first meet Amy (Laura Dern) she is in full meltdown mode, ranting and raving and looking a lot like Jack Nicholson in 'The Shining.'

A quick cut later and she's been enjoying an enlightening and calming experience in Hawaii and is now ready to return to her old life, whether they want her or not. A quick threat of a lawsuit if she isn't rehired means a very awkward first day, but that's for next week's episode.

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How Did a Showtime 'Comedy' End Up on HBO? Thoughts on Laura Dern's 'Enlightened'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 10th 2011 4:00PM
I'm confused. The DVD mailing came from a different premium cable network, but 'Enlightened' (9:30PM ET Monday, HBO), which debuts alongside the return of 'Bored to Death,' sure looks like it came from Showtime's "comedy" factory.

Consider the evidence:

1. It's a star vehicle for an actress of a certain age (in this case, Laura Dern, who came up the show with Mike White, who co-stars).

2. The lead character is a middle-class woman in crisis (Dern's character, corporate executive Amy, wigged out after an affair with a co-worker and had to go to a counseling/addiction retreat, where she became committed to "growth" and "change").

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Laura Dern Previews 'Enlightened' & Talks About Acting With Her Mom (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Oct 3rd 2011 6:00PM
Laura Dern visited 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) to talk about her upcoming HBO series 'Enlightened,' in which she plays a high-powered executive that has a powerful epiphany following a nervous breakdown. She showed a clip where her character, Amy Jellicoe, is in the midst of a breakdown, prying open elevator doors to threaten a co-worker.

Dern has been working on her 'breakdown' face for a while, going all the way back to 1986 and her role in 'Blue Velvet.' In that film, her character had her own breakdown, crying silently with her mouth wide open. Add tears and streaming mascara and you have the poster for 'Enlightened.'

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HBO Says Yes to Laura Dern TV Show

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 8th 2010 11:50AM
Laura Dern and Mike WhiteHBO has another new comedy to add to its unstoppable onslaught of original programming. Laura Dern is set to star in 'Enlightened,' which is about a "self-destructive woman who has a revelatory experience at a treatment center." The pilot was co-written by Dern and Mike White, who is best known for his work on 'Freaks and Geeks' and the movie 'School of Rock.' The two have previously worked together on the movie 'Year of the Dog.'

While the premise sounds good, it's also fairly vague. This is a good thing because it allows for the creators to take the concept in whatever direction they prefer. Still, it sounds suspiciously a lot like an HBO series called 'My Name is Earl,' but with a female lead. Of course that depends on one's definition of "self-destructive."

Production of the series is set to begin this summer. The pilot has already been filmed but HBO has ordered nine additional episodes. They'll probably be broadcast either late 2010 or early 2011.

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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.

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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."

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Luke Wilson and Diane Ladd joining the cast of Enlightened

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 4th 2010 8:07AM
Luke Wilson and Diane LaddHave you heard that Laura Dern is starring in a new HBO comedy called Enlightened? Of course you have. What might be news is that both Luke Wilson and Diane Ladd are joining the cast of the same show.

Dern plays a self-destructive character named Amy who tries to clean up her own life. Ladd is Laura Dern's real-life mother and she's best cast as, a drum roll please, Amy's mother. This is an example of art imitating life. Of course, since the pair have already done movies and television together (including a dual Academy Award nomination for Rambling Rose, they're probably used to each other by now.

Wilson plays Amy's drug-abusing ex-husband. His last television appearance was a recurring role on That 70's Show. This is a step down from his usual movie roles (such as the under-appreciated Idiocracy). However, this is definitely a step up from his recent AT&T commercials.

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Laura Dern's Enlightened green-lit by HBO

by Jane Boursaw, posted Sep 3rd 2009 1:08PM
Laura Dern in HBO's EnlightenedWe can add Laura Dern to the long list of big-time movie actresses who've moved into TV roles. Her comedy project with Mike White is moving forward with a pilot order from HBO.

Tentatively titled Enlightened, the single-camera comedy stars Dern as a self-destructive woman who has a spiritual awakening and decides to live an enlightened life. Of course, this creates all sorts of turmoil at home and work.

Dern's knock-out performance as Katherine Harris in 2008's Recount got the attention of HBO. White, her director on the 2007 feature film Year of the Dog, says he's "stoked," noting, "The only thing I can think of cooler than making a show at HBO is doing it with Laura Dern."

HBO continues to be a favorite of mine, and I'm looking forward to seeing how this show fares. I've been a fan of Dern's dating back to her roles in Rambling Rose and Wild at Heart, and with her involvement in this project, I can't imagine it will be anything less than fantastic.

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Oprah's Premiere Week Lineup Revealed & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Sep 3rd 2009 1:00PM
Whitney Houston Oprah WinfreyOprah schedules her show's premiere week lineup, Megan Mullally joins 'Party Down,' NBC plans a 'Prime Suspect' remake and more of today's top TV headlines.

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HBO Plans Laura Dern Comedy Series & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Aug 6th 2009 2:00PM
Laura DernHBO is developing a new comedy series from writer Mike White. Laura Dern will star in the series, about a woman who tries to lead an enlightened life.

Also in the news today: Paris Hilton books 'Supernatural,' while James Earl Jones is in the 'House.'

See more of today's top TV headlines after the jump.

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HBO's Recount: A review

by Allison Waldman, posted May 26th 2008 12:24PM
RecountAfter the first 15 minutes of the HBO movie Recount, I was so upset, so filled with rage that I wondered if I wanted to watch the rest of the movie. Did I want to relive the events of November 7, 2000? Did I want to watch what happened, the craziest election fiasco in the last 25 years? I was compelled to stick with it because I had lived through it and I was dying to know what I didn't know when it unfolded in real time. I thought the HBO movie might teach me something, and, in fact, it did.

For those who don't want to know what happened in Recount, I won't reveal any spoilers until after the jump. Of course, if you don't already know how the election turned out, you've either been in a coma or are woefully out of touch. Suffice to say that Recount doesn't rewrite history. The ending is exactly as it was in 2000.

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