HBO picks up “Girls”


Hoping for another smash hit about a group of single women in New York City, HBO has picked up the series Girls by Lena Dunham, a “comic look at assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s.”

The parallels between the new series and Sex in the City are many, but Girls should have a decidedly hipper tone, with Judd Apatow (Freaks and Geeks) and Jennie Konner (Undeclared) executive producing alongside Dunham.

Dunham, who garnered three Independent Spirit Award nominations and much critical praise for her indie film Tiny Furniture, stars in Girls along with Jemina Kirke, her costar in Furniture.

Allison Williams, a featured player in Yale’s improv group Just Add Water — and newsman Brian Williams’ daughter — and Zosia Mamet, who plays Peggy’s lesbian friend Joyce on Mad Men, also star.

Dunham plays Hanna, an “eternal intern” at a SoHo publishing house and hopeful writer; Williams is Marnie, “a sexy, bitchy and ambitious assistant at a slick PR firm planning a career in environmental law; Kirke is Jessa, a “space cadet with hippie tendencies” who wants to be an artist/teacher. No details yet on Mamet’s character, but we won’t object if Girls draws on her experience playing a lesbian.

To be honest, Girls storyline sounds a lot like Tiny Furniture. In any case, since the film is what got the attention of HBO, Apatow and Konner, I think we can safely assume that the series will share its sensibility. Take a look at this clip from Furniture to see what I mean.


Girls starts filming in New York this spring.

Do you think HBO has another hit on its hands? Will you be watching Girls? (The show, I mean. We’re always watching girls.)

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