HBO is making the most of its “Leftovers.” Four days after ordering Damon Lindelof’s “Watchmen” adaptation to series, the premium network has picked up Tom Perrotta’s comedy pilot “Mrs. Fletcher” to series.
Starring Kathryn Hahn in the title role, “Mrs. Fletcher” is based on Perrotta’s 2017 New York Times’ bestseller of the same name. Nicole Holofcener, who directed the pilot, is also on board as an executive producer.
Here’s the official logline from HBO:
“Mrs. Fletcher” is a dual coming-of-age story, exploring the impact of internet porn and social media on the lives of an empty nest mother and her college freshman son.
The rest of the cast includes Jackson White, Casey Wilson, Owen Teague, and Jen Richards, all of whom are series regulars. Jessi Klein (“Big Mouth,” “Transparent”) and Sarah Condon (“Bored to Death,” “Looking”) will also executive produce the half-hour comedy.
Perrotta served as the co-creator, co-showrunner, writer, and executive producer on HBO’s Peabody-winning series “The Leftovers.” The Massachusetts resident earned an Oscar nomination in 2005 for adapting his own novel, “Little Children,” with Todd Field.
Holofcener’s last TV series was Tig Notaro’s critically-acclaimed “One Mississippi,” which she directed and produced. She also directed episodes of “Togetherness,” “Enlightened,” and “Bored to Death” for HBO, as well as “Orange Is the New Black,” “Parks and Recreation,” and many more TV shows. Her latest feature film, “The Land of Steady Habits,” will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
Read the full character descriptions below. “Mrs. Fletcher” has not been given a release date.
- Kathryn Hahn as Eve Fletcher, a divorced woman who drops her only child off at college and returns home to a very empty nest, hoping to reinvent her life and find the happiness and sexual fulfillment that’s eluded her.
- Jackson White as Brendan Fletcher, Eve’s son, a popular (though sometimes clueless) jock and aspiring frat boy who finds college a little more complicated than he expected.
- Casey Wilson as Jane Rosen, a married mother of academically gifted twins—she’s Eve’s close friend, a reliable source of emotional support and unsolicited advice.
- Owen Teague as Julian Spitzer, a high school classmate of Brendan’s, a smart but underachieving skater who’s stuck in his hometown after graduation, trying to figure out what happens next.
- Jen Richards as Margo Fairchild, a transgender woman who teaches Eve’s community college writing course. Margo is confident and charismatic in the classroom, but sometimes anxious in social situations.