or


[12/12/12 - 10:07 AM]
Golden Globe-Winning Series "Enlightened," Starring Laura Dern, Kicks Off Its Second Season Jan. 13, Exclusively on HBO
Guest stars this season include Dermot Mulroney, Michaela Watkins, Amy Hill and Molly Shannon.

[via press release from HBO]

GOLDEN GLOBE-WINNING SERIES "ENLIGHTENED," STARRING LAURA DERN AND CREATED BY MIKE WHITE AND LAURA DERN, KICKS OFF ITS SECOND SEASON JAN. 13, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

At the conclusion of season one of ENLIGHTENED, Amy Jellicoe finally presented her research on Abaddonn Industries' misconduct to the company, only to be laughed out of the room. Undeterred, she became more determined to bring down this bastion of corporate greed and corruption.

A unique blend of comedy and drama, the HBO series ENLIGHTENED kicks off its eight-episode second season SUNDAY, JAN. 13 (9:30-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO, immediately following the season premiere of the Emmy(R)-winning comedy series "Girls." Golden Globe winner Laura Dern (Oscar(R) nominee for "Rambling Rose") stars as Amy in the series, which she co-created and executive produces along with Mike White ("Year of the Dog"), who also co-stars, writes and directs. Scott Stephens also executive produces.

Season one of ENLIGHTENED told the story of self-destructive corporate executive Amy Jellicoe (Dern), who had a spiritual awakening after a career-destroying meltdown. Though determined to live a more enlightened existence, her new outlook only wreaked more havoc, both at home and at work.

In season two, Amy redoubles her efforts to gather evidence against Abaddonn with the support of Tyler (White), her meek IT ally, and enlists journalist Jeff Flender in her cause. Meanwhile, Amy's ex, Levi, continues to struggle with rehab, and it remains to be seen if he will embrace recovery and return as the man she always wanted him to be.

Other returning cast members include Luke Wilson ("Old School") as Levi and Diane Ladd (Oscar(R) nominee for "Rambling Rose," "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" and "Wild at Heart"), Dern's real-life mother, as Amy's disapproving mother Helen. Also returning are Sarah Burns ("I Love You, Man") as Krista, the former assistant who has taken Amy's old job, and Timm Sharp ("'Til Death") as Amy's sleazy boss, Dougie.

Guest stars on the second season include Dermot Mulroney ("My Best Friend's Wedding") as journalist Jeff Flender; Michaela Watkins ("The Back-Up Plan") as snooty colleague Janis; Amy Hill ("50 First Dates") as Judy, the no-nonsense HR rep who won't give Amy a break; and Molly Shannon ("Saturday Night Live") as the executive assistant to Abaddonn's CEO.

Mike White wrote all eight episodes of the second season of ENLIGHTENED and directed four, with Nicole Holofcener, Todd Haynes, James Bobin and David Michod each directing one episode.

January's episodes:

Episode #11: "The Key" Debut: SUNDAY, JAN. 13 (9:30-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) Other HBO playdates: Jan. 13 (10:30 p.m., 11:30 p.m.), 16 (midnight) and 17 (10:30 p.m.) HBO2 playdates: Jan. 14 (9:30 p.m.), 15 (11:00 p.m.) and 19 (8:00 p.m.) Looking for "the key" to ruin Abaddonn and "free" its employees, Amy (Laura Dern) orchestrates a meeting with Jeff Flender (Dermot Mulroney), a charming whistle-blowing journalist, sharing incriminating e-mails she printed out at work with Tyler's (Mike White) IT password. Though he doesn't find a story in the e-mails, Jeff encourages Amy to dig deeper and find more explosive evidence that could help bring down the company. Written by Mike White; directed by Nicole Holofcener.

Episode #12: "Revenge Play" Debut: SUNDAY, JAN. 20 (9:30-10:00 p.m.) Other HBO playdates: Jan. 20 (10:30 p.m., 11:30 p.m.), 23 (midnight) and 24 (10:30 p.m.) HBO2 playdates: Jan. 21 (9:30 p.m.), 22 (11:00 p.m.) and 26 (8:00 p.m.) Amy and a still-reluctant Tyler meet Jeff at a jazz club, where he reveals he's already been working on a story about Abaddonn but needs proof of bribery, leading Amy to revel in her fantasies. When several top execs can't log onto their accounts, Abaddonn's breach of security is exposed, leaving Tyler scrambling to find a solution that won't lead investigators to him or Amy. Suspecting foul play, Dougie (Timm Sharp) vows to root out the true perps, while Krista (Sarah Burns) is rushed to the hospital with a pregnancy complication. Written by Mike White; directed by Mike White.

Episode #13: "Higher Power" Debut: SUNDAY, JAN. 27 (9:30-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) Other HBO playdates: Jan. 27 (10:30 p.m., 11:30 p.m.), 30 (midnight) and 31 (10:30 p.m.) HBO2 playdates: Jan. 28 (9:30 p.m.) and 29 (11:00 p.m.) Amy receives a letter from Levi (Luke Wilson), who's still in Hawaii and has been bristling under theconstraints of Open Air, its holistic philosophy and his bodily-function obsessed roommate Tony (Christopher Douglas Reed). To cope, Levi escapes with a pair of fellow malcontents, Travis (Christopher Abbott) and Danielle (Ashley Hinshaw), for a night of drugs, alcohol and debauchery at a nearby hotel. After pushing himself to his hard-partying limits, Levi decides he's ready to return to Open Air and give rehab one more chance. Written by Mike White; directed by Mike White.

Last January, Laura Dern received a Golden Globe in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical for the series' first season.

In addition to the HBO Films presentation "Recount," for which she received an Emmy(R) nomination, Laura Dern's HBO credits include the HBO original movie "Afterburn," for which she won a Golden Globe and was also Emmy(R)-nominated. Among her feature films are "Rambling Rose" (Oscar(R) nomination), "The Master," "Smooth Talk," "Jurassic Park," "We Don't Live Here Anymore," "Little Fockers," "Citizen Ruth," "Fat Man and Little Boy" and the David Lynch films "Wild at Heart," "Blue Velvet" and "Inland Empire."

Mike White's other writing credits range from the award-winning indie black comedies "Chuck & Buck" and "The Good Girl" to the mainstream comedy hits "School of Rock" and "Nacho Libre." His TV credits include the critically-praised "Freaks and Geeks" and "Pasadena." Along with appearing in many of his films, White is known for twice competing in the Emmy(R)-winning series "The Amazing Race" with his father, Mel.

Dern and White also worked together on the 2007 feature film "Year of the Dog," which was written and directed by White, and co-starred Dern.

The first season of ENLIGHTENED, which concluded in Dec. 2011, inspired critical praise. The Los Angeles Times called the show"the most interesting and ambitious series of the fall season," while the Hollywood Reporter hailed it as "very funny" and "emotionally resonant." The New York Times described the series as "funny, sardonic" and the Washington Post termed it "wonderfully realized" and "unique."

"Enlightened: The Complete First Season" will be released on Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 8.

For more on the series, please visit facebook.com/enlightenedHBO and twitter.com @HBO #enlightened.

ENLIGHTENED was created by Mike White & Laura Dern; executive producers, Mike White, Laura Dern, Scott Stephens; supervising producer, David Bernad; producers, Jayme Lemons, Dody Dorn, Jason Weinberg.





  [august 2015]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
      


· ENLIGHTENED (HBO)
· GIRLS (HBO)









[08/27/15 - 11:01 AM]
TBS Orders Two More Seasons of "American Dad!"
In November, the network announced a 22-episode order for season 11, which is set to air on TBS and Adult Swim in early 2016.

[08/27/15 - 10:26 AM]
A&E and LMN to Premiere Two New Documentaries Chronicling the Troubling Persona of O.J. Simpson and the Criminal and Civil Trials Against Him
A&E will premiere the two-hour special "O.J. Speaks: The Hidden Tapes" on Thursday, October 1 at 9:00/8:00c.

[08/27/15 - 10:09 AM]
What Will Be America's Next Great Fitness Obsession? Jillian Michaels Starts the Search on October 20 with Spike's "Sweat Inc."
The winner of the competition will receive $100,000, the opportunity to develop their brand and launch their program at multiple Retro Fitness locations across the country, as well as a feature in Women's Health Magazine.

[08/27/15 - 10:01 AM]
The Illusionists Return to "America's Got Talent" for Sept. 2 Semi-Final Results Show on NBC
Adam Trent, Dan Sperry, Raymond Crowe, Jonathan Goodwin and James More will captivate America with their jaw-dropping showcase of illusion.

[08/27/15 - 10:01 AM]
Mary Lynn Rajskub to Guest-Star on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" This Fall
She'll play a successful art gallery owner whom Charles (Joe Lo Truglio) thinks might be his soulmate.

[08/27/15 - 09:13 AM]
HGTV's "Flipping Virgins" with Egypt Sherrod Premieres September 15
Each episode stars property expert Egypt Sherrod as she helps house-flipping novices navigate the unexpected realities of purchasing, renovating and selling a home for profit.

[08/27/15 - 09:03 AM]
"The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" to Expand Across Social and Digital Platforms; Baratunde Thurston Joins Late Night Franchise to Oversee Expansion
With this new initiative, fans of "The Daily Show" will have access to more original content presented across multiple platforms, giving them an increasingly robust user experience wherever they consume content.

[08/27/15 - 09:01 AM]
Hulu Renews "Difficult People" for Season Two
The series, starring Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner, will return with 10 new episodes.

[08/27/15 - 09:00 AM]
GSN Announces Season Three Pick-Up of Groundbreaking Original Hit Series "Skin Wars"
The announcement comes on the heels of a successful season two finale, which drew over 1.1 million viewers.

[08/27/15 - 08:53 AM]
"The Carmichael Show" Is the Most-Watched Summer Comedy Debut Since 2007, Wins the Slot Among the Big 4 in Adults 18-49
NBC spins the numbers for Wednesday, August 26.

[08/27/15 - 08:43 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Tops Viewers, Shares Demo Crown with NBC
"America's Got Talent" is the most-watched series while "Big Brother" leads the adults 18-49 race.

[08/27/15 - 08:34 AM]
Oxygen's New Series "Rich in Faith" Premieres Wednesday, December 2 at 10PM ET/PT
Rich Wilkerson Jr. made international headlines when he married his friends Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, but this preacher's kid is anything but new to the ministry game.

[08/27/15 - 07:29 AM]
Sal Basille and Francis Garcia Are Back for Food, Fun and All New Adventures in a New Season of "Pizza Masters"
Season two rolls out Wednesday, September 23 at 9:00/8:00c on Cooking Channel.

[08/27/15 - 07:21 AM]
"South Park" Season 19 Begins Wednesday, September 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
The all-new episodes from this season will be available in HD exclusively on Hulu and South Park Studios the day after they premiere.

[08/27/15 - 07:02 AM]
Discovery Channel to Broadcast "Sherpa" Documentary in More Than 200 Countries and Territories Around the World
From Director Jennifer Peedom, the film looks at how Mount Everest's Sherpa community united in grief and anger to reclaim the mountain following the deadly avalanche that struck on April 18, 2014, killing 16 of their members.