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Girls are taking over your box
From 2 Broke Girls to New Girl, this has been a good year for female-driven television. Actresses who would normally be stuck in the best friend role are now leading some of prime time's biggest hits. We're not saying that every lady-led show is implicitly brilliant but it's nice to see mainstream success for women who are genuinely clever.
This spring, there will be another girl on your radar and her show doesn't have a laugh track or a sing-songy introduction. It's called Girls and the lead is Lena Dunham. That name might sound familiar because her 2009 film, Tiny Furniture, won Best Narrative Feature at SXSW. Lena wrote, directed and starred in the low-budget movie about post-graduate ennui and she does the same in her new TV show about, well, the same thing.
Girls follows the lives of three 20-something friends trying to hack it in New York City. It sounds like another version of How To Make It In America or even the poor girl's Sex and the City, but if you watch the newly released trailer below, you'll see that it's not at all. Lena brings her own brand of deadpan humor, which is more raw than other shows covering the same subject matter.
Judd Apatow is the executive producer of Girls and hopefully this new series will enjoy the longevity that his other shows (Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared) didn't. It seems like the landscape of mainstream television wasn't ready for his realistic yet quirky comedy-dramas ten years ago. It's nice to have a cult following but it's even nicer to stay on the air. Lena Dunham might just prove that third time's the charm.
Watch the trailer for HBO's Girls below and mark your calendar for the show's premiere on April 15th.