HBO Gives Judd Apatow and Lena Dunham the Greenlight for Female-Centric Comedy

     September 7, 2010

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I’d love to call this Judd Apatow’s return to television nearly a decade after Undeclared and Freaks and Geeks lasted just one season apiece.  But as the saying goes, it’s not TV, it’s HBO.  Apatow has put his clout behind a comedy pilot from newly minted indie darling Lena Dunham, whose Tiny Furniture was deemed the best feature at South by Southwest.  The untitled series will follow “the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early twenties.”  Ms. Dunham likewise plans produce, direct, and star in the relatively autobiographical series.  More after the jump:

judd_apatow_image_04Per Deadline, Apatow has only the highest of praise for Dunham,

“Lena has a unique, truthful comic voice.  I am excited to work with her and learn from her.”

After various accusations of misogyny, Apatow seems intent on increasing the female quotient on his development slate: Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph star in the wedding comedy Bridesmaids (scripted by Wiig), while wife Leslie Mann is at the center of Business Trip.

The move to join forces with Dunham seems wise enough, given their shared interest in “emerging adulthood.”  She’s an up-and-comer with just the right amount of buzz — registers on the scene, but the hype is far from overwhelming.  I can’t claim I’ve heard of her before researching this article.

From the looks of the trailer to Tiny Furniture… I have a bit of an aversion to twentysomething navelgazing, so it’s probably not for me.  But I can see what all the (muted) fuss is about, and hope for good things from this series.  We need more female voices on television, particularly in comedy.  Just get Greta Gerwig (Greenberg) and Kat Dennings (Thor) on board as the friends, and we’ve got a gang worthy of weekly viewing.

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