Returning: Enlightened

Enlightened returns to Showcase today, with Season Two 'Express from the US.'

2013-01-13_1734Enlightened returns to Showcase today, with Season Two ‘Express from the US.’

Laura Dern returns as the idealistic Amy Jellicoe. Last year she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy for her role in the series.

Created by Mike White and Laura Dern, this half-hour HBO comedy series centres on Amy Jellicoe (Dern), a well-intentioned employee of a Southern California corporation who, after flipping out and going to anger-management rehab, emerges with a singular, if at times hilariously misguided, mission to make her company more responsible.

When we last saw her, Amy finally presented her research outlining Abaddonn Industry’s toxic sins, but after being laughed out of the room, she became even more determined to expose the company not only as a polluter, but a bastion of corporate greed and corruption. Having convinced co-worker Tyler (White) to let her use his IT password to retrieve incriminating emails, Season two picks up with Amy immersed in gathering evidence against Abaddonn.

In this season’s eight episodes, Amy enlists the help of journalist Jeff Flender (Dermot Mulroney), and as they work together on a searing exposé, she dreams of a “bigger” life and develops romantic yearnings for the handsome, well-travelled reporter. Meanwhile, Amy’s ex Levi (Luke Wilson) is still at Open Air Treatment Centre in Hawaii, but it remains to be seen whether he will embrace recovery and return as the man she always wanted him to be. Touching, earnest and laugh-out-loud funny, Season two of Enlightened follows Amy along her personal journey to make change – and the unexpected impact it has on those around her.

Returning cast regulars include Dern’s mother Diane Ladd (Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Wild at Heart) as Amy’s mother Helen; Sarah Burns (I Love You, Man) as still-pregnant Krista; and Timm Sharp (Six Feet Under) as Amy’s boss Dougie.

Monday January 14 at 5.15pm AEDT and repeated at 9pm on Showcase.

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