With True Blood wrapped up, does that mean that it's time for Girls to return? Um, not quite. We have to wait until 2014 for Lena Dunham's HBO comedy series to make its way back to us with new episodes. But HBO did share a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the series' upcoming season.
Emmy nomination ballots went out this week, which means in the coming weeks, those voting members of the Television Academy will decide which series should be in contention for an Emmy Award this fall. TV shows tend to promote themselves with the "for your consideration" ads and mailers to encourage voters to give their show a look. Last year, Family Guy made a splash with a controversial mailer that said...
Michael Zegen has been associated with numerous popular TV shows in recent years, including FX’s former program Rescue Me, AMC’s The Walking Dead, and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Now, he’s signing on for a comedy-oriented gig on another HBO program, Girls.
HBO sent out an early announcement on Friday to explain that the network will be putting together home entertainment releases for three of its programs. One release should be epic, another should be fun for fans, and the third will probably be bittersweet. HBO will release Girls: The Complete Second Season, Enlightened: The Complete Second Season, and Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Third Season in August. I’ll leave you to figure out which sets gets which adjective.
While things left off in an "on" place for on-again off-again couple Charlie and Marnie on Girls at the end of the series' second season, we may want to prepare ourselves for that relationship to be over come Season 3. Christopher Abbott has reportedly exited the series, or more specifically, "abruptly left the show" due to issues he was having with series creator Lena Dunham.
The one good thing that comes with the end of another season of Girls is not having to deal with the needless commentary that accompanies every episode. Of course, that doesn't include actual analysis of the series or instalments but the endless barrage of think-pieces that discuss the same issues written about when the HBO comedy first aired. It's so unlikable! So provocative! Although, last week's "On All Fours" was traumatizing. And a nice set-up for the (bitter)sweetness of the season finale.
Now that "On All Fours" has uncomfortably crawled away, there's only one episode remaining in the up-and-down second year of Girls. The series started to struggle right around mid-season, perhaps the bar was set too high with the first four fantastic installments, however, Lena Dunham's series seemed to rise out of the slump with the aptly titled "It's Back" and "On All Fours" not only continued the comeback, but also nicely set up the HBO dramedy for next week's season finale.
"It's Back" is a promising title for Girls with the series experiencing quite the decline in quality over the second half of the second season. The sophomore year started out very well, with the opening four episodes equal to or better than any from the first, but ever since the divisive "One Man's Trash," things have been increasingly shaky. Can the eighth installment of the second season live up to its name and put Girls back on track?
For the colder states, March can feel like an eternity, as winter drags on and we look forward to spring. Winter is here, but it's also coming, in the more figurative, fantastical sense. Game of Thrones returns for its third season in March. But the HBO fantasy-drama is just one of the ten TV highlights worth looking forward to as March gets underway. There's also Celebrity Apprentice, basketball, The Voice and a couple of anticipated season finales, among some other reasons to set your DVR.
At the beginning of the month, HBO made every effort to avoid putting its Sunday night lineup against the demographically dissimilar Superbowl, but, for some reason the same course of action was not taken for The 85th Annual Academy Awards. Surely, Lena Dunham's show shares more of its audience with the Oscars than it does with the biggest event in sports, however, that didn't stop the network from airing "Video Games" like any other weekend.
Last night's episode of Girls left Brooklyn and Manhattan for part of the episode as two characters explored Staten Island for a bit. Based on the promo for next Sunday's "Video Games," it looks like a couple of characters will be leaving the city completely for a family-related adventure that involves bunnies and awkwardness.
Just when you thought the dust had settled, last week's episode of the Girls once again got everybody talking. And talking. To call "One Man's Trash" divisive would be an understatement and a lot of the backlash resulted from people not buying physical capability of the two leads. Something was off with "One Man's Trash," however, not due to anyone's looks but because the episode felt like a writing class exercise more than an organic development for the show. This week though, we check in on the rest of the cast, specifically the "Boys"...
After riding shotgun for most of the second season, Hannah took a bit of a backseat last week as the rest of the Girls and their problems were the focus of "It's A Shame About Ray." The resulting episode was fantastic, with all the various threads seamlessly stitched together and each balancing perfectly between hilarious and heart-wrenching. The best instalments seem to occur when Girls operates as a full-on ensemble, reinforced by "One Man's Trash" which brought Hannah back to the forefront and delivered the least successful episodes so far this season.
Even though the Superbowl and Girls probably don't share the same audience, for the most part anyway, HBO was kind enough to air "It's A Shame About Ray" early to avoid competing with the biggest event in American sports. The fourth episode of Season 2 first aired on Saturday night but those who missed it and/or couldn't care less about the Ravens versus the 49ers, could still tune into "It's A Shame About Ray" during the usual time-slot and catch-up on the aftermath of the cocaine fuelled, uh, fun of "Best Friend."
It looks like HBO it-girl Lena Dunham is going to take advantage of her success with Girls. If you are a fan of the series or Dunham yourself, you may be interested in her newest project, also in development at HBO. Dunham will also team up with her Girls co-showrunner Jenni Konner for the series, which will be set in New York. At this point, you may be wondering how the project in development will actually differ from the show the two women already have on air, but it actually won’t be as close as you might guess.