If you’re dismayed by the lack of “wow” in movies as of late, may I remind you that some of the best storytelling on any medium is currently happening on television. Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones—from sprawling epics to intimate character dramas, we’ve got some insanely great entertainment at the command of our fingertips. One of the most anticipated new television series is the HBO adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Corrections. The story centers on an elderly Midwestern couple with three adult children who decide to trace their lives from the mid-20th century to “one last Christmas” together near the turn of the millennium.
Noah Baumbach is directing the pilot, and we’ve already got Dianne Wiest, Chris Cooper, and Ewan McGregor attached to star. Now comes word that Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rhys Ifans may join the increasingly impressive cast. Hit the jump for more, including news concerning a delayed premiere for the HBO series Treme.
Daily Mail (via The Playlist) reports that Gyllenhaal and Ifans are in talks to star in The Corrections, which is being planned as a 40-episode series. Gyllenhaal is in early talks to play McGregor’s sister, Denise, who is a chef. Furthermore, Ifans is in talks to possibly cameo as a Lithuanian crime boss (excellent choice). The report says that the plan is to air four 10-episode seasons of the series. Given that it’s based on a beloved novel, the show’s producers have a clear beginning, middle, and end. I’m kind of in awe of this ambitious undertaking, and can’t wait to check the series out.
In other HBO news, the third season of the critically hailed yet ratings-challenged Treme has been pushed back to later this fall. We previously reported that the fourth season will be the show’s last, so that makes season three the New Orleans-set drama’s penultimate. NOLA (via Vulture) reported on the show’s fall bump, but gives no specifics as to why the series has been pushed back. Nevertheless, creator David Simon isn’t worried about the delay:
“It just doesn’t matter. I don’t pull an audience no matter when they put me on.”