Mildred Pierce (HBO)
Premieres: Sunday, March, 27 at 9/8c
Based on James M. Cain's 1941 novel, this miniseries — directed by Todd Haynes — stars Oscar winner Kate Winslet as the titular character, a newly separated mother who struggles to maintain her family's social status during the Depression. The cast includes Guy Pearce as Mildred's rich playboy beau, Monty Beragon; new Oscar winner Melissa Leo as her best friend, Lucy; and Evan Rachel Wood as her ungrateful, social-climbing daughter, Veda. The novel was first adapted into the 1945 film that earned Joan Crawford her Oscar.