HBO is back in business with The Leftovers author Tom Perrotta, as he teams with Kathryn Hahn to adapt his novel Mrs. Fletcher into a charming looking limited series. HBO has an interesting fall 2019 lineup, one that includes Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen, a TV series version of His Dark Materials starring James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott, and more. It also has a new limited series based on yet another best-selling novel, as the premium cabler looks to strike a similar chord to Big Little Lies with Perrotta’s tale of a single mother coming of age in her middle age.
Based on Perrotta’s 2017 novel of the same name, Mrs. Fletcher tells the story of divorced single mother Eve Fletcher (Hahn), whose son Brendan (Jackson White) has just left home for college. With her home and her life to herself, Eve embarks on a journey of self-discovery, one that includes the perils of modern-day dating, internet porn addiction, and the testing of boundaries in relationships new and old. Though it is told primarily from Eve’s perspective, the series also follows Brendan’s journey as he struggles to fit in a college after being the BMOC as his high school.
HBO has been low key teasing the series for a few months now, but it’s finally ready to reveal the full official trailer, roughly a month ahead of the series premiere. October is going to be a busy month for the network, but as HBO faces increased competition from Apple TV+ and Disney+ in November, it’s in the cabler’s best interest to get as many viewers onboard early as possible. Check out the full trailer for Mrs. Fletcher below:
“Starring Kathryn Hahn (Emmy® nominee for “Transparent”; HBO’s forthcoming “I Know This Much Is True”) in the title role, MRS. FLETCHER, a seven-episode limited series, is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Tom Perrotta. The series is a dual coming-of-age story chronicling the personal and sexual journeys of an empty-nest mother and her college freshman son, who both embrace their newfound freedom with mixed results.”
The series looks to be a smart, witty, comedy/drama that will appeal to adults hungry for a Gen X perspective in a millennial world. Perrotta is a top-notch storyteller, and if his collaboration with Lindelof on The Leftovers proves anything, it’s that he’s just as comfortable writing for television as he is writing a novel.
Mrs. Fletcher premieres Sunday, October 27 exclusively on HBO.