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'Enlightened' came to 'a natural resting place,' HBO says

HBO explained its decision to cancel "Enlightened" to the press Thursday (July 25). It had partly to with the show's ratings, which didn't move much in Season 2, but also with how the season ended -- just right, in the opinion of HBO Programming head Michael Lombardo."I think the most important element to not going forward was we felt creatively, the story of Amy Jellicoe [Laura Dern] had come to a natural resting place," Lombardo says. "We thought it was best to end it where we did. It wasn't a financial decision per se, it was about choices and a creative decision about it had worked beautifully. It felt we should end where we ended it."Lombardo does acknowledge, though, that ratings were a factor. "Some of it was about seeing a show that didn't grow in its second year," he says. "It had not as robust ratings as we had hoped for, because we think... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/07/enlightened-came-to-a-natural-resting-place-hbo-says.html

'Enlightened' Canceled by HBO

"Enlightened" is no more. HBO has canceled the drama-comedy, which starred Laura Dern, after two seasons. "It was a very difficult decision," the network said. "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." Read More... http://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/enlightened-canceled-hbo-81846

Mike White on Enlightened’s Finale, and His Plan for Season Three

( Warning: This post contains spoilers about Sunday's season-two Enlightened finale. ) This season of Enlightened ended with Amy achieving her goal of exposing her employer, Abaddon, for its illegal and corrupt dealings, and co-creator/writer Mike White never considered denying her that. “I wanted that part to land for her. I always had from the beginning,” he told Vulture during a recent interview about the show. In the episode, Amy succeeds on blowing the whistle on her corrupt corporate overlord on the front page of the LA Times , but at great personal cost. Given the show’s consistently smallish ratings, he wrote Sunday’s simultaneously triumphant and heartbreaking episode as a possible series wrap-up. “I was hedging my bets,” White said of the show’s still uncertain future. “[Otherwise] It would be this unfinished thing and I feel like people would never want to check it out... I wanted it to feel like it could work as its own piece.” Read More... http://www.vulture.com/2013/03/enlightened-mike-white-season-3-plans.html

SEASON FINALE: Enlightened Season 2 Episode 8 “Agent of Change”

ENLIGHTENED  "Agent of Change" Season 2 episode 8 (season finale ) airs on Sunday March 3 2013 at 9:30 PM on HBO. Synopsis:  On the verge of bringing down Abaddonn, Amy (Laura Dern) warns Tyler (Mike White ) to prepare himself for the inevitable fallout. She also tells her mom (Diane Ladd) about the expose, but Helen’s reaction is not what she expected. READ MORE....

Enlightened Season 2 Episode 7 “No Doubt”

ENLIGHTENED  "No Doubt" Season 2 episode 7  airs on Sunday February 24 2013 at 9:30 PM on HBO. Synopsis:  In hopes she will drop her crusade against Abaddonn, Tyler gets Eileen to arrange a meeting for Amy with Szidon, who turns out to have more compassion than Amy expected. Dougie goes off the rails after getting official word about Cogentiva’s future. Amy confides in Krista (Sarah Burns) about the Abaddonn expose, and has a tense  meeting with Levi. READ MORE...

Enlightened Season 2 Episode 6 “All I Ever Wanted”

ENLIGHTENED  "All I Ever Wanted" Season 2 episode 5 airs on Sunday February 17 2013 at 9:30 PM on HBO. Synopsis:  In the giddy afterglow of finding "gold" in Szidon’s personal emails, Amy lets down her guard with Jeff, and indulges herself in daydreams of building a perfect life with a dashing journalist. The dream comes to an abrupt end, however, when Levi  (Luke Wilson) unexpectedly returns from rehab  in Hawaii. READ MORE...

Enlightened Season 2 Episode 5 “The Ghost Is Seen”

ENLIGHTENED  "The Ghost Is Seen" Season 2 episode 5  airs on Sunday February 10 2013 at 9:30 PM on HBO. Synopsis:  In an effort to dig up dirt on Szidon, Amy, Tyler (Mike White) and Dougie, who’s still irate over being betrayed by management, take turns trying to befriend Eileen, the CEO’s assistant. Eventually agreeing to join the trio for drinks after work, Eileen takes a shine to Tyler, who ends up with a guilty conscience when the two start dating. READ MORE...

HBO Plans Early Premiere For ‘Girls’ & ‘Enlightened’

The Lena Dunham series  Girls  is currently airing its latest episode, entitled ‘It’s a Shame About Ray’, in advance due to the Super Bowl  on Sunday, February 3rd. As shared by  EW , HBO wanted to make the show available to its fans who might be torn between the ladies and one of the biggest nights of thefootball . The network  has also made the Laura Dern series  Enlightened’s  episode ‘Follow Me’ available to its fan base early as well. Viewers can watch the duo via On Demand and HBO Go on their desktops. HBO then plans to air both ‘Girls’ and ‘Enlightened’ on back to back nights on the network. On February 2nd the shows will air at 10pm and 10:30pm. As for February 3rd, both will air in their usual time slots of 9pm and 9:30 pm. READ MORE...

Enlightened Season 2 Episode 4 “Follow Me”

ENLIGHTENED  "Follow Me" Season 2 episode 4  airs on Sunday February 3 2013 at 9:30 PM on HBO. Synopsis :  Amy (Laura Dern) becomes inspired to use social media to spread her message of change, and attends a gathering of liberal intellectuals at Jeff’s (Dermot Mulroney) invitation. Dougie (Timm Sharp) learns  who hacked into Abaddonn’s system, but has second thoughts about reporting the breach to HR. Amy has a chance run-in with Abaddonn CEO Charles Szidon (James Rebhorn). READ MORE...

Enlightened Season 2 Episode 3 “Higher Power”

ENLIGHTENED  "Higher Power" Season 2 episode 3  airs on Sunday January 27 2013 at 9:30 PM on HBO. Synopsis:  Amy and a still-reluctant Tyler meet Jeff at a jazz club, where he reveals he’s already beenworking  on a story about Abaddonn but needs proof of bribery, leading Amy to revel in her fantasies. When several top execs can’t log onto their accounts, Abaddonn’s breach of security is exposed, leaving Tyler scrambling to find a solution that won’t lead investigators to him or Amy. Suspecting foul play, Dougie (Timm Sharp) vows to root out the true perps, while Krista (Sarah Burns) is rushed to the hospital with a pregnancy complication. READ MORE...
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