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Mike White to Produce a New HBO Comedy from 'Girls' and 'Klovn' Writers

It's been eight months since HBO canceled writer/director Mike White's critically-acclaimed series Enlightened, but White is already getting back into business with the network. HBO is developing a new comedy series called Mr. Romance that White will executive produce, THR reports. The potential show will be co-written by Murray Miller (Girls, American Dad) and Casper Christensen (Klovn). Mr. Romance is based on Joshua Bearman's 2010 McSweeney's article, "The Only Muscle I Can't Control: In Search of the Next Romance Novel Cover Man." The original story is nonfiction covering the 14th annual Mr. Romance Cover Model Competition. There's no word on the plot of Mr. Romance, which will [...]

HBO Cancels 'Enlightened'; Somebody Start a Kickstarter Right Now

After two excellent but low-rated seasons, HBO has canceled its critically-acclaimed comedy-drama Enlightened. HBO released a statement yesterday saying, "It was a very difficult decision. We’ve decided not to continue Enlightened for a third season. We’re proud of the show, and we look forward to working with Mike White and Laura Dern in the future."

The series, created by White and starring Dern as a woman who returns from rehab and attempts to do some good in the world by taking down the evil company that employs her, debuted in 2011 and earned Dern a Golden Globe for her performance. It was considered a surprise when HBO renewed Enlightened for a [...]

Fun Thing to Buy of the Day: 'Enlightened' Season 1

It took a while for Enlightened to fully gain the public's recognition, but by the time it finished its second season this past Sunday, it had become one of the more talked-about shows on television. The emotional semi-comedy, created by and starring Laura Dern and Mike White (and featuring Jason Mantzoukas, Molly Shannon, Luke Wilson, and more) may or may not be returning to HBO next year for a third season, but in the meantime you can listen to all the buzz and pick up the first season to check it out. By the time you're done maybe the second season will on DVD already! [...]

The Return of 'Enlightened,' TV's Most Cinematic Comedy

The HBO comedy-drama Enlightened flew under a lot of people's radars when it premiered in the fall of 2011, scoring soft ratings but a Golden Globe win for star Laura Dern. HBO surprisingly kept the series around, renewing it for an eight-episode second season amidst a bloodbath of cancelations for the network's other low-rated comedies like Bored to Death, Hung, and How to Make It in America. Critical acclaim and awards attention might be what spurred HBO's decision to spare Enlightened, as well as an appreciation for creator Mike White's vision for the show. This season, which just kicked off last night, the network's putting more stock in the [...]

NBC Buys Pilots from Krysten Ritter, Mike White, and More

NBC has bought three sitcom pilots from familiar TV names. Krysten Ritter is working on yet another show with a swear word in the title; the Don't Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 star's production company has sold My Parents Are Too F**king Happy. Deadline describes the show as "an irreverent comedy" about adult siblings whose love lives have been ruined by their parents' too-perfect marriage. The show will be written and produced by Freaky Friday writer Heather Hach.

Another pilot in the works, from Enlightened creator Mike White along with New Girl and 1600 Penn writers Joe Port and Joe Wiseman, is about a 16-year-old prodigy chef who goes to work [...]

Maria Bamford and the Cathartic Comedy of Mental Illness

Maria Bamford is launching a revolution from her microphone. In less than two years, Bamford has survived the death of her best friend — her pug, Blossom — and a battle with depression, suicide, and hospitalization. The result: Her stand-up contains some of the most transformative work being done around mental illness and stigma today.

Last Monday, comedian Mike Birbiglia Tweeted, “Saw [Maria Bamford] tonight at Caroline's. I've never seen a comedian who made me want to give 25 standing ovations in one set.” He wasn’t alone.

I have seen Maria Bamford perform for almost eight years, primarily at the now-shuttered Lakeshore Theatre in Chicago. Her act has always been [...]

'Enlightened' Season 2 Review: It's 'The Wire,' But Funnier

Something like a little less than one month ago, Patton Oswalt began to tweet his effusive praise of a show very few people had heard of. Like a virus, more and more people on Twitter began to speak the world of it, suddenly discovering that the half hour after Girls Sunday nights on HBO wasn't a test pattern, a talk show talking about Girls that just ends up being a conversation about Lena Dunham, or even a classic episode of Arli$$. Instead, they found a challenging, uncomfortable, intelligent, incredibly nuanced work that wasn't The Wire that is categorized as a "comedy," and featured a bunch of talented comedic actors. [...]

The New Season of 'Enlightened' Looks Neat

Here's the trailer for the second season of HBO's acclaimed series Enlightened, which debuts on January 13th at 9:30, right after Girls. Created by Mike White and Laura Dern, Enlightened stars Dern as an unhinged woman trying to take down the evil company she works for from the inside. The show also stars Mike White, Diane Ladd, Luke Wilson, and Timm Sharp, with Jason Mantzoukas sticking his head in every now and then. Enlightened flew under a lot of people's radars when it aired its first season last year, but now that it's paired with Girls, you should start watching it immediately because it's real good.

Bill Hader Is Leaving 'SNL' After 8 Years; Last Episode This Saturday

After eight seasons as a cast member, Bill Hader is leaving Saturday Night Live. Hader tells The NY Times, "It was a hard decision, but it has to happen at some point. It got to a point where I said, 'Maybe it’s just time to go.'" In the Times announcement, Lorne Michaels recalls a young Bill Hader reminding him of Dan Aykroyd. "In terms of intelligence and talent, he was in that same tradition. He was so completely committed to the art of it and enough a student of it that there’s something strikingly original. He didn't explode onto the air, but gradually he found his voice, and [...]

'Cracking Up': The Show That Made Mike White Crazy

It's a story as old as time and one that sadly continues to be relevant, usually on network television: a well meaning individual has a perfectly sculpted vision of a great television show in his or her mind. Then several evil network executives destroy that beautiful, untainted concept with copious notes that will turn that "artist friendly" idea into the first show in history to appeal to every human being in the world. It will also make somewhere in the vicinity of ten billion dollars. It pisses off the creator, and usually the project never sees the light of day, and possibly dreams of cable pastures fill the brain. [...]

'Enlightened' Creator Mike White on American Audiences' Unfair Gender Bias

"If I have a male protagonist, it’s a studio movie, and if it’s a female protagonist, it’s an indie movie. That’s just how it is. It’s not about the studios. It’s about America and who goes to see movies. Women are interested in men and women, and men aren’t interested in the woman’s story. They just aren’t. There are exceptions, but by and large … I mean I do think that it’s feminizing for a guy to go see a movie with a female lead unless it’s Angelina Jolie shooting people or Zero Dark Thirty or something that feels like it’s in the male sphere. The devaluation of the traditional female roles [...]