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MY BRILLIANT FRIEND
Air Date: Sunday, November 18, 2018
Time Slot: 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST on HBO
Episode Title: (#01/101) "The Dolls"
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Episode #1: "The Dolls"

Debut: SUNDAY, NOV. 18 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

The disappearance of her old friend, Lila Cerrullo, causes 60-year-old author Elena Greco (Elisabetta De Palo) to reflect on the early days of their friendship in 1950s Naples, when Elena (Elisa Del Genio) and Lila (Ludovica Nasti) are two very different girls at the top of their class. When the girls discover the underground lair of Don Achille (Antonio Pennarella), a criminal figure who controls the neighborhood, they decide to confront him, facing their fears together and laying the cornerstone of a lasting friendship and rivalry.

Written by Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci and Saverio Costanzo; directed by Saverio Costanzo.

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MY BRILLIANT FRIEND (HBO)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
11/18/18 - ???
STATUS:
currently airing (fall 2018)
TIME SLOT:
sundays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
1 (8 episodes)
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
renewed through the 2019-20 season (the show's second) on 12/4/18
DESCRIPTION:
(from HBO's press release, December 2018) HBO and RAI have renewed the drama series MY BRILLIANT FRIEND for a second season, it was announced today by Casey Bloys, president, HBO Programming and Fabrizio Salini, RAI CEO. The eight-episode first season of the show is based on Elena Ferrante's bestselling book of the same name, which is the first of her four-part series published in the U.S. by Europa Editions. Season two will be based on "The Story of a New Name," her second book in the series. "We're thrilled that Elena Ferrante's epic story has resonated so powerfully with viewers and critics, and we look forward to the continuing journey of Elena and Lila," said Bloys. "RAI is deeply proud of the extraordinary success of MY BRILLIANT FRIEND. It's an important milestone that confirms our commitment to focusing on international co-production, as well as on the value of Italian talent," said Salini. "We are profoundly proud that this story will continue to captivate audiences worldwide," adds Lorenzo Mieli, CEO of Wildside and a producer of the series, along with Mario Gianani and Domenico Procacci. "We are even prouder that this result was achieved through the creativity, vision and passionate commitment of an extraordinary talented team of Italian professionals, led by Saverio Costanzo." MY BRILLIANT FRIEND is the tale of Elena Greco and the most important friend in her life. She met Raffaella Cerullo, whom she has always called Lila, in the first year of primary school in 1950. Set in a dangerous and fascinating Naples, their story goes on to cover more than 60 years of their lives and explores the mystery of Lila, Elena's brilliant friend and - in a way - both her best friend and her worst enemy.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Elisa Del Genio as Elena
· Ludovica Nasti as Lila
CREW INFORMATION:
· Domenico Procacci as PROD
· Elena Ferrante as BOOK/WRTR
· Francesco Piccolo as WRTR
· Jennifer Schuur as EP
· Laura Paolucci as WRTR
· Lorenzo Mieli as PROD
· Mario Gianani as PROD
· Saverio Costanzo as DIR/WRTR
GENRE(S):
· drama
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Fandango
· Umedia Productions
· Wildside