Published On: Mon, Oct 20th, 2014

HBO premieres new miniseries ‘Olive Kitteridge’

Frances McDormand stars in the original drama, which debuts on Nov. 2nd in the Caribbean, simultaneously with the Untied States

olive-kitteridgeMIAMI – HBO announced the premiere of the new original miniseries Olive Kitteridge, based on Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. The four-part drama tells the poignantly sweet, acerbically funny and devastatingly tragic story of a seemingly placid New England town. The first two parts will premiere on Sunday, November 2nd at 21:00hrs AST* in the Caribbean, simultaneously with the United States, followed by parts three and four on Monday, November 3rd.

Olive Kitteridge portrays a town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy, told through the lens of Olive (Academy Award® winner Frances McDormand), whose wicked wit and harsh demeanor mask a warm but troubled heart and staunch moral center. The story, which spans 25 years, focuses on Olive, a middle-school math teacher, and her relationships with her husband Henry (Academy Award® nominee Richard Jenkins), the good-hearted town pharmacist; their son Christopher (John Gallagher, Jr. from HBO’s The Newsroom), who chafes at his mother’s parenting style; and other denizens of their community.

Like in the novel, this four-part adaptation weaves together several interlocking stories, all linked by Olive, who despite – and sometimes because of – her abrasive manner has significant impact on the lives of those around her. Though many of the characters are filled with complex emotional struggle, the heaviness of miniseries’ themes – depression, adultery, suicide – is underscored by moments of truly unexpected and subtle humor.

Among the supporting cast of Olive Kitteridge are Golden Globe® winner Bill Murray as Jack Kennison, a widower befriended by Olive; Emmy® nominee Peter Mullan as Jim O’Casey, a fellow teacher at Olive’s school; Rosemarie DeWitt as Rachel Coulson, a shut-in who is one of Henry’s customers at the pharmacy; Zoe Kazan as Denise Thibodeau, a young bride who works at the pharmacy; and Ann Dowd (HBO’s The Leftovers)  as Kitteridge family friend Bonnie.

Additionally, co-stars include Broadway’s Cory Michael Smith as Kevin Coulson, Olive’s former student; Jesse Plemons as Jerry McCarthy, Henry’s delivery boy; Brady Corbet as Henry Thibodeau, Denise’s husband; Audrey Marie Anderson as Ann, Christopher Kitteridge’s second wife; Patricia Kalember as Joyce, Christopher’s mother-inlaw; and Maryann Urbano as Mrs. Kennison, Jack’s wife.

Olive Kitteridge is executive produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Frances McDormand and Jane Anderson, marking Hanks and Goeztman’s fifth miniseries with HBO, following Emmy® winners The Pacific, John Adams, Band of Brothers and From the Earth to the Moon. Other HBO/Playtone collaborations include the Emmy®-winning HBO Film Game Change, the series Big Love and a number of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame specials.

The behind-the-scenes team includes Golden Globe-nominated composer Carter Burwell, editor Jeffrey M. Werner, A.C.E., Emmy®-nominated director of photography Frederick Elmes, ASC (HBO’s In the Gloaming), production designer Julie Berghoff, costume designer Jenny Eagan and Emmy®-winning casting director Laura Rosenthal, CSA (HBO’s Mildred Pierce).

*Atlantic Standard Time. Consult your operator and/or<> for local transmission times and additional information.

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