Based on an original novel by James M. Cain, ‘Mildred Pierce’ was adapted into a screenplay in 1945 starring Joan Crawford, and now lands on the small screen in a five-part miniseries on HBO beginning Sunday (March 27), available on DISH Network. In a work based on the 1930’s Depression Era, ‘Mildred Pierce’ follows the life of the fictional character, Mildred Pierce (played by award-winning actress Kate Winslet) who is a middle class, single mom and restaurant owner living in Glendale, California. This miniseries truly has everything that evokes a well-rounded storyline, from a mother – daughter relationship, love trials and triumphs, entrepreneurship in a tough economy and everything in between. Director, Todd Haynes even goes so far as deciding to create the miniseries based on the story’s relatability to our current economic times and the similarities of Mildred Pierce and many Americans today.
The HBO video below reveals a behind-the-scenes look at the making of ‘Mildred Pierce’ with interviews by Kate Winslet, Evan Rachel Wood and director Todd Haynes. Winslet discusses how ‘Mildred Pierce’ was her most involved roll since Titanic (1997) and how this miniseries is anything but “mini.” To watch the entire first part of ‘Mildred Pierce,’ tune in to HBO Sunday night at 9pm. To add HBO to your DISH Network programming package, visit authorized retailer DISH Systems online or call 866-989-3474.