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[07/10/14 - 02:15 PM]
Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins Star in "Olive Kitteridge" - Miniseries Debuts on HBO This Winter
Based on Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, the project comes from writer Jane Anderson and director Lisa Cholodenko.

[via press release from HBO]

FRANCES MCDORMAND AND RICHARD JENKINS STAR IN "OLIVE KITTERIDGE", A FILM BY LISA CHOLODENKO; AN HBO MINISERIES PRESENTATION OF A PLAYTONE PRODUCTION IN ASSOCIATION WITH AS IS; BASED ON ELIZABETH STROUT'S PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING NOVEL; WRITTEN BY JANE ANDERSON; TOM HANKS, GARY GOETZMAN, FRANCES MCDORMAND AND JANE ANDERSON EXECUTIVE PRODUCE; BILL MURRAY, JOHN GALLAGHER, JR., PETER MULLAN, ROSEMARIE DEWITT AND ZOE KAZAN CO-STAR

Miniseries Debuts On HBO This Winter

Academy Award(R) winner Frances McDormand ("Fargo," "North Country") and Academy Award(R) nominee Richard Jenkins ("The Visitor," HBO's "Six Feet Under") star in the four-part HBO Miniseries drama OLIVE KITTERIDGE, a film by Academy Award(R)-nominated director Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right," "Laurel Canyon"). Based on Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name and written by Emmy(R)-winner Jane Anderson (HBO's "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom" and "Normal"), the miniseries will debut on HBO this winter.

An HBO Miniseries presentation of a Playtone production in association with As Is, OLIVE KITTERIDGE is executive produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Frances McDormand and Jane Anderson, and marks Hanks and Goeztman's fifth miniseries with HBO under the Playtone banner, following the Emmy(R) winners "The Pacific," "John Adams," "Band of Brothers" and "From the Earth to the Moon." Other HBO/Playtone collaborations include the Emmy(R)-winning HBO Films presentation "Game Change," the series "Big Love" and a number of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame specials. Steven Shareshian co-executive produces.

OLIVE KITTERIDGE tells the poignantly sweet, acerbically funny and devastatingly tragic story of a seemingly placid New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy, told through the lens of Olive (Frances McDormand), whose wicked wit and harsh demeanor mask a warm but troubled heart and staunch moral center. Richard Jenkins portrays Olive's husband, Henry.

The story, which spans 25 years over the four parts, focuses on Olive, a middle-school math teacher, and her relationships with Henry, the good-hearted town pharmacist, their son Christopher, who chafes at his mother's parenting style, and other denizens of their community.

The supporting cast features Golden Globe(R) winner Bill Murray ("Lost in Translation") as Jack Kennison, a widower befriended by Olive; John Gallagher, Jr. (HBO's "The Newsroom") as Christopher, Olive and Henry's son; Emmy(R) nominee Peter Mullan ("Top of the Lake") as Jim O'Casey, a fellow teacher at Olive's school; Rosemarie DeWitt ("Mad Men") as Rachel Coulson, a shut-in who is one of Henry's customers at the pharmacy; Zoe Kazan ("Ruby Sparks") as Denise Thibodeau, who works at the pharmacy; and Ann Dowd ("Side Effects") as Bonnie, a Kitteridge family friend.

OLIVE KITTERIDGE co-stars Broadway's Cory Michael Smith ("Breakfast at Tiffany's") as Kevin Coulson, Olive's former student; Jesse Plemons ("Breaking Bad") as Jerry McCarthy, Henry's delivery boy; Brady Corbet ("Martha Marcy May Marlene") as Henry Thibodeau, Denise's first husband; Audrey Marie Anderson ("The Unit") as Ann, Christopher Kitteridge's second wife; Patricia Kalember ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit") as Joyce, Christopher's mother-in-law; and Maryann Urbano ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit") as Mrs. Kennison, Jack's wife.

The behind-the-scenes team includes Golden Globe-nominated composer Carter Burwell ("Where the Wild Things Are"), editor Jeffrey M. Werner, A.C.E. ("The Kids Are All Right"), Emmy(R)-nominated director of photography Frederick Elmes, ASC (HBO's "In the Gloaming"), production designer Julie Berghoff ("The Kids Are All Right"), costume designer Jenny Eagan ("True Grit") and Emmy(R)-winning casting director Laura Rosenthal, CSA (HBO's "Mildred Pierce").





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[09/17/14 - 09:32 AM]
CBS Announces New Live +7-Day (L7) Rating Reporting System for the Upcoming Television Season
"L7 and C7 are the metrics that more accurately account for how viewers watch our shows and how we get paid for our programming - both in advertising and content licensing," said Leslie Moonves.

[09/17/14 - 09:31 AM]
E! Celebrates Joan Rivers with a Full Day of Programming Honoring the Comedy Legend When "Joan Day" Airs Friday, September 19th
Plus: "Fashion Police: Celebrating Joan," a 90-minute special, airs that same night at 8:00/7:00c.

[09/17/14 - 09:25 AM]
"The Ultimate Fighter" Premiere Attracts 2.54 Million Viewers
FOX Sports spins the numbers for Wednesday, September 10.

[09/17/14 - 09:25 AM]
"Black Dynamite" Explodes Back onto Adult Swim - Season Two Premieres Saturday, October 18th at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT)
Based on 2009's critically-acclaimed feature film, the "Black Dynamite" animated series further chronicles the exploits of the central character, Black Dynamite, and his crew.

[09/17/14 - 09:01 AM]
Bill Hader Returns to "Saturday Night Live" as Host on Oct. 11 with Musical Guest Hozier
Hader earned two Emmy nominations while on "SNL" and received critical acclaim for his notable impressions and characters, including the 'Stefon' as well as dozens of others.

[09/17/14 - 09:00 AM]
"The Game" Begins November 5 at 10:00PM as Part of BBC America's "Dramaville"
When an MI5 agent is contacted by a defecting KGB officer about the plan to destroy the British establishment, MI5 leader, Daddy (Brian Cox), assembles a secret committee to investigate the threat in a frantic race against time.

[09/17/14 - 08:38 AM]
"America's Got Talent" Grows by 32% Week to Week in Adult 18-49 Rating and 16% in Total Viewers
NBC spins the numbers for Tuesday, September 16.

[09/17/14 - 08:30 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Holds Onto Top Spot with "America's Got Talent"
Plus: FOX's "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" return down more than 30% from a year ago among adults 18-49.

[09/17/14 - 08:17 AM]
New Season of Animal Planet's "Monsters Inside Me" Premieres October 9
Dan Riskin provides scientific perspective throughout this 10-part series that vividly recounts the stories of people tormented by sinister creatures that have invaded their bodies.

[09/17/14 - 08:14 AM]
"The Men in Blazers Show" Makes TV Debut on NBCSN Monday, September 22 at 10 P.M. ET
"We are aiming to make the least technically ambitious show in the history of television," Michael Davies said. "One camera. One guest. Two bald blokes. We may or may not have clips."

[09/17/14 - 08:12 AM]
"The Boss of the Moss" Is Back on National Geographic Channel with New Season of "The Legend of Mick Dodge"
New episodes return Tuesday, September 30 at 9:00/8:00c on the network.

[09/17/14 - 08:11 AM]
One of America's "Hottest" Entertainment Brands, TMZ, Comes to Reelz
"TMZ Hollywood Sports" will anchor the network's weekday primetime line up beginning Monday, September 29 at 8:00/7:00c.

[09/17/14 - 08:10 AM]
"Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink" Premieres Sunday, November 30 at 8PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel
Jeffrey Wright narrates the one-hour special, produced by Tangled Bank Studios, the film and television unit of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).

[09/17/14 - 07:31 AM]
CBS Aligns with Georgetown Cupcake to Promote the Network's New Drama Series "Madam Secretary"
This Saturday, locations in Georgetown, SoHo, Los Angeles and Boston will give away free red velvet cupcakes with a special fondant topper adorned with the CBS series' logo.

[09/17/14 - 07:30 AM]
"Untold with Maria Menounos" Airs Thursday, September 18 at 8:00PM ET/PT Only on E!
This time Menounos goes behind the shocking headlines of celebrity deaths like Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Cory Monteith to reveal what is becoming a much-publicized epidemic: "Hollywood & Heroin."