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Enlightened Fanblog

Fan tumblr dedicated to the HBO comedy/drama Enlightened.
Mar 24 '14

In Memoriam: James Rebhorn 1948 - 2014

Mar 3 '14
It’s been a year.

It’s been a year.

Feb 18 '14
"It was interesting to hear how the producers [of Enlightened] 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."
I won’t include the caps lock rage that I typed on my own Tumblr, but let’s say I’m just a woman who’s over it. Alexander Payne and Spike Jonze? Come on, HBO.
Feb 6 '14
I haven’t been able to find many details about the Enlightened panel at SF Sketchfest that took place last Sunday, but here’s a press release from the festival:
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.

I haven’t been able to find many details about the Enlightened panel at SF Sketchfest that took place last Sunday, but here’s a press release from the festival:

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.

(Source: sfsketchfest.com)

Feb 4 '14
Laura Dern - The Key (Enlightened)

The Key: Closing Monologue

This kingdom. This amazing kingdom we have made. This monstrous kingdom. Its castles are magic. They are beautiful. They are built on dreams and iron. And greed. They are inorganic, and cannot sustain. No kingdom last forever. Even this will end.

And life and Earth will reign again. 

Jan 27 '14
Jan 22 '14
There are still tickets for the “Becoming Enlightened” panel at SF Sketchfest! It takes place in the afternoon on Sunday, February 2nd. The panel features Laura Dern, Mike White, Luke Wilson, Timm Sharp, Sarah Burns, Jason Mantzoukas, Molly Shannon and producer David Bernad. I know I’m pretty jealous of everyone who’s going.. Check all the info here. :)

There are still tickets for the “Becoming Enlightened” panel at SF Sketchfest! It takes place in the afternoon on Sunday, February 2nd. The panel features Laura Dern, Mike White, Luke Wilson, Timm Sharp, Sarah Burns, Jason Mantzoukas, Molly Shannon and producer David Bernad. I know I’m pretty jealous of everyone who’s going.. Check all the info here. :)

Dec 20 '13
There’s even more Enlightened news for all the fans in the San Francisco area.. or any fans who are able to be there on February 2nd. As a part of the San Francisco Comedy Festival SF Sketchfest, there will be an afternoon panel with Laura Dern, Mike White, Luke Wilson, Timm Sharp, Sarah Burns, Jason Mantzoukas and producer David Bernad called Becoming Enlightened. They’ll tell stories about their experience with the show and answer audience questions. Tickets are $30, click here for all the info! :)

There’s even more Enlightened news for all the fans in the San Francisco area.. or any fans who are able to be there on February 2nd. As a part of the San Francisco Comedy Festival SF Sketchfest, there will be an afternoon panel with Laura Dern, Mike White, Luke Wilson, Timm Sharp, Sarah Burns, Jason Mantzoukas and producer David Bernad called Becoming Enlightened. They’ll tell stories about their experience with the show and answer audience questions. Tickets are $30, click here for all the info! :)

(Source: blogs.sfweekly.com)

Dec 20 '13
Enlightened was named best TV show of 2013 on the A.V. Club today. Todd VanDerWerff wrote a beautiful article about it that starts like this:
“Amy Jellicoe doesn’t operate a drug empire that ultimately spans two hemispheres. She doesn’t live in a bygone decade or a fantasy kingdom. She doesn’t go to prison or chase down the criminals who should be there. She’s not particularly cool or easy to take or even all that funny. 
Yet she does good.”
Read the full article here. The illustration was made by Jeremy Wheeler.

Enlightened was named best TV show of 2013 on the A.V. Club today. Todd VanDerWerff wrote a beautiful article about it that starts like this:

“Amy Jellicoe doesn’t operate a drug empire that ultimately spans two hemispheres. She doesn’t live in a bygone decade or a fantasy kingdom. She doesn’t go to prison or chase down the criminals who should be there. She’s not particularly cool or easy to take or even all that funny.

Yet she does good.”

Read the full article here. The illustration was made by Jeremy Wheeler.

Dec 9 '13
Enlightened hasn’t been forgotten by the critics yet, judging from the “Best TV of 2013” lists that are being released this month. James Poniewozik of TIME magazine picked it as his number one show of the year! His description:
"Laura Dern and Mike White’s series was always an odd hybrid: part drama, part comedy; part satirical, part earnest; part introspective character study, part outward-focused whistleblower story. But it was always fully committed. In the second (and, sadly, final season), New Age crusader Amy Jellicoe (Dern) fought to expose corruption at the company she worked for while wrestling with her own issues after a nervous breakdown. At a time when ambitious TV focused mostly on ruthless men breaking bad, this was an unsparing but hopeful look at how much work it is to be good."
I’ll try to do a full round-up of TV top 10 mentions at the end of the year. Other notable Enlightened news for fans in region 2 (like me!) is that the DVD for season 2 will be released there next year.

Enlightened hasn’t been forgotten by the critics yet, judging from the “Best TV of 2013” lists that are being released this month. James Poniewozik of TIME magazine picked it as his number one show of the year! His description:

"Laura Dern and Mike White’s series was always an odd hybrid: part drama, part comedy; part satirical, part earnest; part introspective character study, part outward-focused whistleblower story. But it was always fully committed. In the second (and, sadly, final season), New Age crusader Amy Jellicoe (Dern) fought to expose corruption at the company she worked for while wrestling with her own issues after a nervous breakdown. At a time when ambitious TV focused mostly on ruthless men breaking bad, this was an unsparing but hopeful look at how much work it is to be good."

I’ll try to do a full round-up of TV top 10 mentions at the end of the year. Other notable Enlightened news for fans in region 2 (like me!) is that the DVD for season 2 will be released there next year.

(Source: TIME)