HBO has not forgotten its long-form films or miniseries and neither has HBOWatch. MILDRED PIERCE and PARADE’S END were the last two minis to air and in the future is MASTERS OF THE AIR and the MLK piece. But coming up yet this year is the HBO Miniseries: OLIVE KITTRIDGE. There are few images from the work at this point besides some casting shots, like Bill Murray (pictured), and location shots. Just as a reminder to HBO aficionados here is the official Press Release about the project.
FRANCES MCDORMAND AND RICHARD JENKINS STAR IN OLIVE KITTERIDGE, A FILM BY LISA CHOLODENKO; AN HBO MINISERIES PRESENTATION OF A PLAYTONE PRODUCTION IN ASSOCIATION WITH AS IS; BASED ON ELIZABETH STROUT’S PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING NOVEL; WRITTEN BY JANE ANDERSON; TOM HANKS, GARY GOETZMAN, FRANCES MCDORMAND AND JANE ANDERSON EXECUTIVE PRODUCE; BILL MURRAY, JOHN GALLAGHER, JR., PETER MULLAN, ROSEMARIE DEWITT AND ZOE KAZAN CO-STAR.
Academy Award winner Frances McDormand (“Fargo,” “North Country”) and Academy Awardnominee Richard Jenkins (HBO’s SIX FEET UNDER) star in the HBO Miniseries drama OLIVE KITTERIDGE, a film by Academy Award-nominated director Lisa Cholodenko (“The Kids Are All Right,” “Laurel Canyon”).
Based on Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name and written by Emmy-winner Jane Anderson (HBO’s THE POSITIVELY TRUE ADVENTURES OF THE ALLEGED TEXAS CHEERLEADER-MURDERING MOM), this miniseries recently completed production in Massachusetts for debut later this year.
The four-part drama tells the poignantly sweet, acerbically funny and devastatingly tragic story of a seemingly placid New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy, told through the lens of Olive (Frances McDormand), whose wicked wit and harsh demeanor mask a warm but troubled heart and staunch moral center. Richard Jenkins portrays Olive’s husband, Henry. The supporting cast of OLIVE KITTERIDGE features Golden Globe winner Bill Murray (“Lost in Translation”) as Jack Kennison, a widower befriended by Olive; John Gallagher, Jr. (HBO’s THE NEWSROOM) as Christopher, Olive and Henry’s son; Emmy nominee Peter Mullan (“Top of the Lake”) as Jim O’Casey, a fellow teacher at Olive’s school; Rosemarie DeWitt (“Mad Men”) as Rachel Coulson, a shut-in who is one of Henry’s customers at the pharmacy; Zoe Kazan (“Ruby Sparks”) as Denise Thibodeau, who works at the pharmacy; and Ann Dowd (“Side Effects”) as Kitteridge family friend Bonnie.
Though we have known most of these facts before consider this a reminder that those who like this novel don’t have long to wait. The next time HBOWatch mentions it will probably when there is a trailer to show and/or a premiere date. Stay tuned.