HBO orders new series from Mass. author Tom Perrotta 

Perrotta was last seen at HBO as one half of the creative team behind hit TV series "The Leftovers."

Novelist Tom Perrotta –Dina Rudick/The Boston Globe

Tom Perrotta is headed back to television.

HBO just gave a series order to Perrotta’s comedy, “Mrs. Fletcher,’’ according to Variety. The show is based on Perrotta’s bestselling 2017 novel of the same name. Kathryn Hahn and Jackson White co-star as mother and son, Eve and Brendan Fletcher. The cast also includes Casey Wilson, Owen Teague, and Jen Richards.

The book follows the Fletchers, who are both forced to do some growing up when Brendan goes off to college and Eve is faced with an empty nest. Divorced, Eve finds fulfillment in lots of online pornography, while the faults in Brendan’s personality are often attributed to similar internet tendencies. “If I’m making this novel sound as if it’s obsessed with sex, that’s because it is,’’ a Globe review of the book concluded, “— agreeably so.’’


Perrotta, who lives in Massachusetts, was last seen at HBO as one half of the creative team behind hit TV series “The Leftovers,’’ which wrapped up last year. The Peabody-awarding winning show was also based on a Perrotta novel. (Damon Lindelof, who co-created the screen adaptation of “The Leftovers,’’ was also recently signed by HBO for his new series, an adaptation of “Watchmen.’’)

Perrotta will write “Mrs. Fletcher’’ and Nicole Holofcener will direct, per Variety. Both Perrotta and Holofcener are signed on as executive producers, in addition to Jessi Klein and Sarah Condon.

HBO has yet to announce a premiere date for “Mrs. Fletcher.’’

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