HBO Gives Green Light to Laura Dern Comedy

Mike White and Laura Dern’s comedy project at HBO is moving forward with a pilot order from the network.

The single-camera comedy, tentatively titled Enlightened, stars Dern as a self-destructive woman who has a spiritual awakening and becomes determined to live an enlightened life, creating havoc at home and work.

The project stems from Dern’s standout performance as Katherine Harris in the 2008 HBO film Recount, which got the attention of HBO brass, and the actress’ close relationship with White, her director on the 2007 film Year of the Dog.

“The only thing I can think of cooler than making a show at HBO is doing it with Laura Dern,” White said. “I am totally stoked.”

Production on the pilot is scheduled to begin in December.

Enlightened has enjoyed a quick turnaround, comparable to the fast-tracked development of another HBO comedy, the breakout summer hit Hung.

HBO is readying two other new comedy series: Bored to Death, which bows Sept. 20, and How to Make It in America.

White is repped by UTA. Dern is repped by CAA and Untitled.

Nielsen Business Media