HBO Pilot: Laura Dern to attempt a new comedy series

September 4, 2009 by  
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laura-dernStar Laura Dern and writer Mike White are teaming up to make a comedy pilot for HBO, whose track record has been nothing short of amazing, with True Blood and Hung striking ratings gold. Dern hasn’t acted much recently, but she did win a Golden Globe for Recount, an HBO movie.

The project is called Enlightened (tentative title) and will portray Dern as a self-destructive woman whose spiritual awakening leads her to try to lead a better life, according to the article in the Hollywood Reporter (usually reliable with news like this).

Production is to begin in early December, with episodes starting early next year more than likely. We’re looking forward to seeing what else HBO can come up with to wile away the nights.

HBO renews its hit show block: True Blood, Entourage and Hung

August 1, 2009 by  
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trueblood_posterHBO announced the renewal of its now hit summer lineup of original shows, ordering another round of  “Hung, “Entourage” and smash hit vampire drama “True Blood.”

Network executives have stated “Hung” will get a second season due to strong ratings, “True Blood” a third season with all cast already signed and long-time hit “Entourage” a seventh season. All 3 will launch their new seasons sometime in 2010, probably summer/fall.

This Sunday-night lineup has given HBO its first two-hour hit block of must-see programming for the first time in several years. True Blood in particular has broken out, giving the network its most-watched show since “The Sopranos” in terms of pure market share. We’re not shocked, as its a high-quality, intriguing, well-written show.

“True Blood” has averaged 3.8 million viewers (11.2 when you add repeats, DVR and On Demand viewing factored in, one of the first shows to rise that much with those figures factored in), “Hung” has averaged 3.1 million and “Entourage” brings in about 3.0 million average, all of which makes HBO execs very happy, we’re certain.