Farewell to HBO's Under-Appreciated 'Enlightened'

Television
by Beth Hanna
March 20, 2013 2:04 PM
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Laura Dern, star of HBO's "Enlightened"
The reaction on the Twittersphere was immediate and noisy to HBO's announcement that it was killing the critically praised but underwatched tragi-comedy "Enlightened," starring Laura Dern (who won a Golden Globe for her turn as sunny but frustrated corporate employee Amy Jellicoe), Mike White (creator of the series), Luke Wilson, Timm Sharp and Diane Ladd.

"Fuck no," wrote @BenedictArf, while @TheScarbro wrote, "Sad but not surprised. Phenomenal yet largely unseen. People will discover its brilliance." @yblanc summed up: "I guess I should have watched!"

HBO states: 

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.

As sad as this news is for fans of the show (who rallied for a third season), the series is admittedly beautifully contained within its two-season structure. TOH!'s Matt Brennan elaborated on this in his "Now and Then" column, claiming that the show offered up a "perfect TV ending."

Mike White ("Chuck and Buck") spoke recently to Elvis Mitchell on KCRW's The Treatment, comparing "Enlightened" to "'Notes from the Underground,' but the new-age, suburban, do-gooder version."

So long, Amy Jellicoe. You'll be missed.

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2 Comments

  • Josh | March 20, 2013 2:15 PMReply

    She did not win an Emmy or was even nominated unfortunately. She won a Golden Globe.

  • Beth Hanna | March 20, 2013 2:18 PM

    Good catch, thanks Josh. I fixed.

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