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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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Showtime Sets Summer Premiere Dates for 'Big C,' 'Real L World'

by Audrey Fine, posted Mar 18th 2010 2:00PM
Laura LinneyThis summer, Showtime, whose highly anticipated season 2 premieres of 'Nurse Jackie' and 'United States of Tara' bow next Mon., March 22, will add three new shows to its burgeoning line-up of original series.

With 'The Real L World,' fans of the cable net's long-lived "beautiful lesbians living in West Hollywood" drama, 'The L World,' will thrill to the new reality twist being taken on their cult fave. The show premieres Sun., June 20 at 10PM ET.

Also in the "reality" genre will be 'The Green Room With Paul Provenza,' a show that promises, according to the Los Angeles Times, to "give viewers unprecedented and candid access" to what goes on behind the scenes when celebrated stand-up comics like Roseanne and Bob Saget work to hone their material. Look for 'Green Room' when it premieres Sun., June 10 at 10:30PM ET.

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I was wrong about Heroes

by Keith McDuffee, posted Oct 25th 2006 11:24AM
heroesBack before Heroes aired for the first time and I'd already seen the first three episodes of the series, I really didn't "get " the show. It just didn't click with me, as though the show lost its way before it even began. I held onto this opinion even with everyone raving about it, including the trades. I just didn't get why people were so hung up on this show. And then I saw the fourth episode last week, and everything changed.

Maybe it's just me, but it's as if the writers stepped it up a notch after the third episode. That ending last week wowed me like I remember being wowed at the end of the first episode, only then the stuff surrounding it wasn't all that spectacular for me.

Anyway, I was wrong. But I'm glad I didn't simply give up on the show and decided to give it past what I saw early. I only wish I could say the same about some of the other new shows this season. I hope Heroes can keep this up, and judging by the episode Monday night, it looks like they are.

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