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Lena Dunham is about to get her Studio 8H debut. The real-life embodiment of Girls’ Hannah Horvath, writer, director, and creator Dunham will take her first trip to Saturday Night Live on March 8th of this year with musical guest The National. Time to get your best naked cake jokes ready, you guys.
Right from the start, HBO’s Looking was up against unfair categorization. ‘Oh, it’s just the gay version of Girls,’ they said. “They” being that mythical group of Internetters looking for a pithy logline to grab onto for opinion formulation purposes; but from second one of the series’ premiere, the comparisons rang hollow. If HBO was looking for a gay version of the Lena Dunham series, this was not it. And thank goodness for that.
It’s been three years, and we’re still talking about this: At a recent Television Critics Panel, Dunham and Girls executive producers Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner were asked what was the “purpose” of the nudity on the hit HBO series.
For those of you that were too busy snark-watching the Golden Globes to make time for any other television events, including the return of HBO’s Girls, we’ve got you covered. In fact, the network made not one, but both of last night’s premiere episodes available for viewing online: It’s a Hannah Horvath miracle, you guys! Now go find your rattiest t-shirt and call in sick for the rest of the work day because you’ve got some television (and hopefully a pint of ice cream) with your name on it.
In must a matter of weeks, Girls will return for its third season, taking us back into the lives of Hannah, Marnie, Shoshanna and Jessa as they continue to try to make sense of their lives. As evidenced by the new trailer, that involves a lot of dancing, which inspired me to go a big GIF-nutty on this video, but before we get to that, let’s look at some of the other highlights.
Lest you forget, HBO has the epic television game on lock. Between looking back at the year that was in 2013 and anticipating what’s to come going forward, the it’s-not-TV network managed to sneak a few surprises and teasers into their year-ending promo video. Turns out there’s plenty to be excited about that’s coming up in 2014, including a first look at season four of Game of Thrones, and new series The Leftovers, True Detective, Looking, Silicon Valley, and even John Oliver’s new one, too.
Accountability. If I’m speaking as the wise, old thirty-something Girls viewer after just watching the trailer for the third season of Lena Dunham’s HBO dramedy, I’d say that’s something that’s been a little absent among the characters in this series thus far. I suppose accountability is something that develops in time, or it should, as young twenty-somethings trudge through adulthood trying to accept the parts of their lives that aren’t happening as planned, and plan for the parts that hopefully will with time and effort.
As much as I love Boardwalk Empire and Eastbound & Down, I’m already ready for next year’s HBO programming, which will include new seasons of Game of Thrones and Girls. Speaking of the latter, we can now officially look forward to winter premieres. On Wednesday, HBO announced the premiere date for Girls’ Season 3, as well as new dramas True Detective and Looking.
Tina Fey returned to Saturday Night Live to host the series' season premiere last night, and if you tuned in, you know she delivered the goods. Among the best sketches of the night was a parody of HBO's Girls, which had Fey playing a visiting "girl" from Albania named Blerta. While Hannah, Marnie, Shoshanna and Jessa are complaining about all of their major life crises, Blerta's just happy to have a roof over her head.
Abbott left Girls last spring, reportedly due to differences the actor was having with the show’s creator Lena Dunham. Thus, he won’t be in any forthcoming episodes, but he has spoken out to explain his decision to leave the subscription cable network show.
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.