Squarely in the category of “things about to air that you haven’t heard nearly enough about” is HBO‘s Girls. It looks to be quite the clever piece of fun, and premieres April 15th, and both of those ought to mean that you’d know the show inside and out by now.
Well, the show has a new poster, so I figured it’s about time to give you some info. By the way, if you haven’t seen Tiny Furniture, do so. If you have, be more excited for this show.
NEW COMEDY SERIES GIRLS, CREATED BY AND STARRING “TINY FURNITURE” FILMMAKER LENA DUNHAM, DEBUTS APRIL 15, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO
Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna are trying to figure life out. Theyʼve been living in New York for a couple of years, but theyʼre still not sure what they want – from boys, from each other, from themselves. And things arenʼt getting any clearer.
Created by and starring Lena Dunham (“Tiny Furniture”), the new HBO series GIRLS takes a comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s. Dunham, Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner executive produce the show, which kicks off its ten-episode season SUNDAY, APRIL 15 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. Bruce Eric Kaplan and Ilene S. Landress co-executive produce.
In addition to Dunham, the cast of GIRLS includes Jemima Kirke (“Tiny Furniture”), Allison Williams (“American Dreams”), Zosia Mamet (“Mad Men”) and Adam Driver (“Angels in America” on Broadway, HBOʼs “You Donʼt Know Jack”). Recurring guest stars include Chris Abbott (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”) and Alex Karpovsky (“Tiny Furniture”).
Hannah (Lena Dunham) is a unique mixture of self-entitlement and self-loathing. She believes she has the talent to be a successful writer, but forgets she has to write first. She wants to have a boyfriend without the obligations of a relationship, and a job without having to work. Sheʼs ultimately good-natured, with a spirited sense of humor. But every time Hannah is about to improve her circumstances, her cluelessness undercuts her.
Marnie (Allison Williams), Hannahʼs roommate and best friend, is a Type A personality with strict rules about friendship. She seems like Hannahʼs opposite, because sheʼs got an actual job and a serious boyfriend. But while sheʼs more together on the surface, her unwillingness to admit how lost she is may mean that sheʼs the most lost.
Jessa (Jemima Kirke) is a live-and-let-live bohemian whoʼs allergic to anything she views as bourgeois. She wants a life less ordinary and has travelled extensively. Sheʼs had lots of different jobs and lots of different boyfriends, but her apparent lack of fear belies her own kind of insecurity. Jessa is apt to put crazy ideas in Hannahʼs head that are easier for a gorgeous British girl to pull off than they are for anxious, rumpled Hannah.
Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet), Jessaʼs roommate and cousin, aspires to the “Sex and the City” lifestyle. Sheʼs an NYU student obsessed with “womenʼs issues,” gluten-free foods and sexcentric self-help. The others tend to underestimate her because sheʼs suburban and innocent, but Shoshanna can be a surprisingly incisive source of wisdom.
Guest stars on GIRLS include Becky Ann Baker and Peter Scolari as Hannahʼs parents, as well as Mike Birbiglia, Kathryn Hahn, Michael Imperioli, James LeGros, Richard Masur, Bobby Moynihan, Chris OʼDowd, Lou Taylor Pucci, Andrew Rannells, Jenny Slate and Jorma Taccone.
Lena Dunham directed five of the ten episodes of GIRLS. Other directors on the show include Jody Lee Lipes (cinematographer on “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and “Tiny Furniture”), Jesse Peretz (“Our Idiot Brother”) and Richard Shepard (“The Matador,” Emmy® winner for “Ugly Betty”).
In addition to Dunham, who wrote or co-wrote every episode of the show, writers on GIRLS include Judd Apatow (“Knocked Up”), Bruce Eric Kaplan (HBOʼs “Six Feet Under”) and Jenni Konner (“Help Me Help You,” “In the Motherhood,” “Undeclared”).