Jonathan Demme, John Cameron Mitchell, Phil Morrison, Nicole Holofcener to Direct Episodes of HBO’s ENLIGHTENED

     August 9, 2010

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As more name actors make the jump back and forth from the silver screen to the flickering box, the great divide  of “success” between film and television actors has been dwindling.  Even further evidence of this closing gap can be seen in the talent behind the camera.  While film directors often direct the pilot of a new series for a big boost in viewership, more and more directors are being utilized for single episodes of series and HBO seems to have cornered the market.  Deadline reports the cable network’s new comedy series Enlightened has a lined up an impressive group to helm the episodes, including Academy Award winner Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs)

Hit the jump for the rest of the directors and a refresher on the series’ story.

Laura Dern image (1)John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Itch), Phil Morrison (Junebug), Nicole Holofcener (Friends with Money), and Miguel Arteta (Youth in Revolt) will join Demme in directing series stars Luke Wilson (Middle Men, Idiocracy) and Laura Dern (Recount, Jurassic Park) in the story of a a self-destructive woman (Dern) who has a spiritual awakening and decides to live an enlightened life, which creates havoc at home and work. Wilson will play Dern’s disorganized and drug-addled husband.

Back in April, THR (Link 2) reported HBO had picked up the series for at least nine episodes. Mike White, who has directed The Year of the Dog and produced films like School of Rock, developed and directed the pilot, and Demme is onboard for a couple episodes. So that’s three episodes down, but it’s unclear how many episodes the rest of the directors will helm. We still don’t have any word on when this series might hit the air, but we’ll be on the lookout for any more news for this and all the other promising series from HBO.

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