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Academy Award® winner Frances McDormand (“Fargo,” “North Country”) and Academy Award® nominee Richard Jenkins (“The Visitor,” HBO’s “Six Feet Under”) star in the four-part HBO Miniseries drama OLIVE KITTERIDGE, a film by Academy Award®-nominated director Lisa Cholodenko (“The Kids Are All Right,” “Laurel Canyon”), based on Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name with a teleplay by Emmy®-winner Jane Anderson (HBO’s “The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom” and “Normal”).

The miniseries’ first two parts, “Pharmacy” and “Incoming Tide,” debut SUNDAY, NOV. 2 (9:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), followed the next night by the debut of the final two parts, “A Different Road” and “Security,” on MONDAY, NOV. 3 (9:00-11:00 p.m.).

An HBO Miniseries presentation of a Playtone production in association with As Is, OLIVE KITTERIDGE is executive produced by Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks, Frances McDormand and Jane Anderson. Steven Shareshian co-executive produces.

OLIVE KITTERIDGE tells the poignantly sweet, acerbically funny and devastatingly tragic story of a seemingly placid New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy, told through the lens of Olive (Frances McDormand), whose wicked wit and harsh demeanor mask a warm but troubled heart and staunch moral center. Richard Jenkins portrays Olive’s husband, Henry.

The story, which spans 25 years, focuses on her relationships with her husband, Henry, the good-hearted and kindly town pharmacist; their son, Christopher, who resents his mother’s approach to parenting; and other members of their community.

The supporting cast features Golden Globe winner Bill Murray (“Lost in Translation”) as Jack Kennison, a widower befriended by Olive; John Gallagher, Jr. (HBO’s “The Newsroom”) as Christopher, Olive and Henry’s son; Emmy® nominee Peter Mullan (“Top of the Lake”) as Jim O’Casey, a fellow teacher at Olive’s school; Rosemarie DeWitt (“Mad Men”) as Rachel Coulson, a shut-in who is one of Henry’s customers at the pharmacy; and Zoe Kazan (“Ruby Sparks”) as Denise Thibodeau, who works at the pharmacy.

OLIVE KITTERIDGE co-stars Broadway’s Cory Michael Smith (“Gotham”) as Kevin Coulson, Olive’s former student; Jesse Plemons (“Breaking Bad”) as Jerry McCarthy, Henry’s delivery boy; Ann Dowd (HBO’s “The Leftovers”) as Bonnie, a Kitteridge family friend; Brady Corbet (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”) as Henry Thibodeau, Denise’s first husband; Audrey Marie Anderson (“The Unit”) as Ann, Christopher Kitteridge’s second wife; Patricia Kalember (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”) as Joyce, Christopher’s mother-in-law; and Maryann Urbano (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”) as Mrs. Kennison, Jack’s wife.

The behind-the-scenes team includes Emmy®-nominated director of photography Frederick Elmes, ASC (“Synecdoche, New York,” HBO’s “In the Gloaming”), production designer Julie Berghoff (“The Kids Are All Right”), editor Jeffrey M. Werner, ACE (“The Kids Are All Right”), costume designer Jenny Eagan (“True Grit”), ®-nominated composer Carter Burwell (“Where the Wild Things Are”) and Emmy®-winning casting director Laura Rosenthal, CSA (HBO’s “Mildred Pierce”).

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