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17 December 2011 @ 10:17 pm
This is a community dedicated to the HBO series "Enlightened" which stars Laura Dern.

'Enlightened' is the new offbeat HBO series written by Mike White and starring Laura Dern as Amy, a self-destructive health and beauty executive who has a very public workplace meltdown. After three months of contemplation and meditation at a treatment center in Hawaii, Amy returns rested and ready to pick up the pieces of her old life and reshape the world she left behind. That includes delivering well-meaning, but generally unwanted advice to her mother Helen (Diane Ladd), with whom Amy is now living; her slacker ex-husband Levi (Luke Wilson) whose only solace comes from recreational drugs; and the crew of awkward co-workers Amy finds herself reassigned to.  The series follows Amy as she navigates an unconventional path between who she is, who she wants to be...and what everyone is willing to tolerate from her.

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12 February 2014 @ 08:43 pm
Details are still spare, but someone on Imdb posted something about the panel:

  • I was there. The message or vibe I took away from it was that Laura Dern is probably more ready to restart the series than Mike White. In fact, it became pretty evident that Mike White doesn't feel like he could sustain or re-engage with the high level of intensity that running a show requires. I guess the closest analogy that I could draw is someone who has a fear of heights and has just come back from sky-diving. It was thrilling and scary at the time, overcoming huge obstacles and it was a huge accomplishment, but ask him if he's ready to go back up and do it all over again. Probably not.

  • It was interesting to hear how the producers ended up with such a formidable line-up of directors. Especially after Seasons 1 and 2, directors were approaching THEM. Mike White credited Laura Dern for drawing them in. She revealed that Alexander Payne and Spike Jonze had both spoken to her about directing episodes if there was a third season, and that every time she runs into HBO execs, she happily relays the latest directors who will never be working for HBO because they canceled her show.

  • She used the words "super" and "amazing" a lot, sometimes together, and it just made me smile because one could see how much of her enthusiasm was channeled into Amy.

  • We didn't hear much from either Timm Sharp or Sarah Burns, but both received a big round of applause when they were introduced, or whenever Krista or Dougie's names were mentioned. Timm Sharp did reveal that after he lost out on the part to Mos Def, he cut his hair which he'd grown out for his audition. And when Mos Def pulled out, Mike White called Sharp, hoping he hadn't cut his hair because now he was going to be Dougie. So for the first season, Sharp had to wear extensions and wigs to simulate the hair he'd auditioned with. Season 2 was his own hair.

  • As far as Season 3, Mike White mentioned a plot point that I hadn't heard him discuss before, and that was the notion of shifting alliances. His "for instance" was that Tyler would turn on Amy because his loyalty to Eileen.

  • Hope that clarifies what went on. No major announcements.

Source: Imdb Message Board
08 February 2014 @ 06:59 pm
On Being Weird (a Brief Manifesto)
Writer and actor (Chuck & Buck, The Good Girl, The School of Rock, Freaks and Geeks); director (Year of the Dog); cocreator of Enlightened; poet laureate of the outcast

I'm weird, you're weird, your mama's weird.

For me it was never about trying to cultivate a personality of weird. But I guess if you're in the weird eye of the hurricane, you don't notice. I want to feel authentic, and in order to be authentic, I'm perceived as weird.

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In unrelated news, Brie Larson ("United States of Tara" and "Scott Pilgrim") has been cast in Mike's new movie The Good Luck of Right Now .
08 February 2014 @ 06:51 pm

The SF Sketchfest had an Enlightened panel last week. Unfortunately, I could not find any articles about it. Only this picture and a short description of the panel:

  • The reunion of the HBO series “Enlightened” took place on a rainy Superbowl Sunday at Marines’ Memorial Theatre. Moderated by Andy Richter, co-creators and stars Laura Dern (“Amy”) and Mike White (“Tyler”), actors Timm Sharp (“Dougie”), Molly Shannon (“Eileen”), Sarah Burns (“Krista”) and producer David Bernad dished about the show, how privileged they felt to be a part of it, and how a third season might have been shaped. Audience members were treated to a sincere and often tender panel discussion, punctuated by behind the scenes stories and genuine laughter from the stage. Mike White shared that his guiding principle for the show was, “How do you do the thing that’s exactly what they haven’t done?” He noted the desire “to capture an existential crisis, and it’s all in pastels.. like a Southern Californian Miss Havisham’s!” He also leant insight to Laura Dern’s character, Amy. “I believe that the world can be better than this and that’s a good quality… even if it’s crazy.” The San Francisco Sketchfest audience burst into applause.

10 December 2013 @ 09:25 pm
If you live in the US, close to San Fransisco, you're in luck! There will be an #Enlightened event next February with Mike, Laura and the rest of the cast:

Exclusive: "Enlightening" Sketchfest Event Announced

SF Sketchfest is nearly upon us. The two-week comedy festival, running Jan. 23-Feb. 9, 2014, for which the schedule will be announced tomorrow, has given SF Weekly an exclusive announcement about one of its biggest events.

On Sunday, Feb. 2, the director and cast of the acclaimed and great prematurely canceled HBO series, Enlightened, come to San Francisco for "Becoming 'Enlightened.'" Star Laura Dern, director Mike White, and producer David Bernad will all be present at the event, along with Luke Wilson, Sarah Burns, Timm Sharp, and Jason Mantzoukas.

The team will be at Marine's Memorial Theatre, and for $30 you can listen to their stories about the show and bring all your pressing Enlightened-related questions. Maybe like, what would've happened in that third season that never happened? Would Mantzoukas have ever returned? What about Dermot Mulroney?

The full lineup for the 'Fest will be announced tomorrow, so stay tuned. Tickets will go on sale next Sunday, Dec. 15, at

2. Enlightened (HBO)
Should you devote your life to doing the right thing, even if it's for the wrong reason? Mike White and Laura Dern's canceled-too-soon comedy forced viewers to grapple with that question as whistle-blower Amy Jellicoe (Dern) tried to drag down the big bad corporation where she worked — and earn more Twitter followers in return. While every other show pushed us to identify with antiheroes, Enlightened posed a harder challenge, urging us to root for an annoying but relatable human who couldn't desensitize herself to the horrors of the world. Despite its dark humor, Enlightened was a sincere show. It wasn't asking: Why does this crazy woman feel everything too deeply? It was asking: Why don't you?

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Additionally, Enlightened is on the Best TV of 2013-list by Maurren Ryan of The Huffington Post:

Enlightened," HBO: The great TV tragedy of 2013 was the cancellation of this aesthetically rigorous and dreamily intelligent show, which challenged viewers to stick with the bundle of contradictions that was Amy Jellicoe (Laura Dern). Tom Scocca's great recent essay, "On Smarm," castigates those who would sacrifice real dialogue and productive confrontation in favor of cloying, reductive "civility," and it's hard not to think of Jellicoe when reading Scocca's words. She was not tactful, she was often abrasive and her self-absorption tripped her up time and again, but at least her subversion and drive had a purpose. Sure, it may have been a partially self-serving purpose, but Jellicoe believed in her ideals and didn't care whom she inconvenienced by pursuing them. "Enlightened" was a gorgeously crafted, compassionate ode to the dreamers, schemers and oddballs who see life not as a game to be won -- or a challenge to be avoided by hiding in a corporate cubicle -- but an opportunity to be seized. Amy Jellicoe was after, yes, enlightenment, and who are we to say she didn't find it -- and lead others in that direction as well?


Today the season two DVDs were released. So, I thought it would be nice to have a little discussion post where we celebrate the show one last time. Favorite moments? Least favorite moments? Most uncomfortable scene?
Enlightened (HBO)

How my character and I differ:

I have learned to have boundaries in my life, which makes my life easier but also makes me harder to be around. The most difficult part of playing Amy: Keeping my “skin” raw enough that one word — not even the wrong word — taken the wrong way, and I would leap into an unbelievably, inappropriately huge response.

What I need most to play Amy:

Longing. That pretty much sums her up, and I find it relatable.

My favorite scene from last season: My favorite Amy moment was when Dermot Mulroney’s character dumps her and he says something like, “We both knew that this was never going anywhere,” and instead of the Amy you’ve watched go ape shit for two seasons, she says, “I didn’t know.” I loved it — it showed that sometimes maturity and wisdom comes from being your most vulnerable self.