Tiny Beautiful Things series

Those of us who watch Portlandia know that the dream of the ’90s is alive in Portland, and now a new HBO series will be alive in the hipster paradise as well.

Wild stars¬†Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern¬†are reteaming with Cheryl Strayed, the author of the book on which the Fox Searchlight film is based, for a series adaptation of her 2012 book Tiny Beautiful Things, a collection of essays compiled from the author’s Dear Sugar advice column. So with such a broad range of potential subjects, what will the series be about?

Deadline says the Tiny Beautiful Things series will follow a Portland family who live by the mantra that the truth will never kill you. Each of the family members will explore love, loss, lust, life and plenty of other words that start with the letter “L” as well.

Dern and Witherspoon (who played mother and daughter in Wild) are developing the series with Strayed and her husband, but only Dern will be taking a lead role in the series as the advice columnist at the center of the Portland family. Both Dern and Witherspoon will serve as executive producers as well, and the latter actress may have a small role on the eventual TV show which HBO reportedly “bought in the room” according to Strayed.

The author will write the TV adaptation along with her husband Brian Lindstrom (Alien Boy), and she told The Oregonian, “It will be a drama with a lot of humor in it,” she said. “We’re really excited about it.” And as someone who calls Wild their favorite film of 2014, I’m also very interested to see what this group can put together.

For me, Wild came out of nowhere to blow me away as an original, beautiful and moving drama. Both Witherspoon and Dern earned Oscar nominations for their performances, and the film should have been nominated for Best Picture, so having these two working on something new with Strayed should warrant some fantastic results. Dern already has a solid history with HBO thanks to the short-lived but satisfying series Enlightened, for which Dern earned both Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. But maybe Tiny Beautiful Things will last longer on the cable network if it should get a series order.

If you haven’t read any of Strayed’s Dear Sugar advice column, Vulture rounded up some of their favorite installments right here, and they’re certainly worth reading.

Fun Fact: If you’ve seen Wild, the woman in the truck who drops off Reese Witherspoon at the motel in the beginning of the movie is Cheryl Strayed. And if you haven’t seen Wild, you should go out of your way to watch it immediately.

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