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Hannah, Marnie, Jessa & Adam Are Back In First Images From 'Girls' Season 2

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 26, 2012 3:59 PM
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Here we go again. Let's cue up the Criterion Collection whiners about "Tiny Furniture" or those others who feel Lena Dunham hasn't paid whatever ephemeral dues she needs to in order to qualify for the acclaim she has earned thus far at the age of 26. Haters gonna hate, but frankly Dunham is doing just fine without those folks, and less than a year after "Girls" made a serious splash on HBO, season 2 is on the way.

Judd Apatow Says Third Season Of 'Girls' Shooting Soon, 'Anchorman 2' Rolls In March

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 12, 2012 4:19 PM
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Has HBO gone ahead a greenlit a third season of "Girls" before the second one has even aired? Either that or Lena Dunham is making some very expensive home movies, but according to producer Judd Apatow work is beginning soon on a third season of the hit show.

John Slattery Is In 'Arrested Development'; Bob Balaban Joins 'Girls' & Natasha Lyonne Grows 'Weeds'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2012 3:48 PM
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Some small screen additions to one show that's making a comeback, another show riding high off a massive successful first season and one program headed into its last season... read on....

Second Seasons Of 'Girls' & 'Enlightened' Slated For January 2013 Premiere On HBO

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2012 5:35 PM
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When you're hot, you're hot and there has been no other new show on television so far this year that has earned quite the same amount of attention as Lena Dunham's "Girls." With the first three episodes premiering at SXSW to a huge response, "Girls" hit HBO in full force in April, averaging 3.8 million viewers over that first batch of shows, leading to a quick renewal by the network. And Dunham didn't waste a single moment, going in front of cameras this summer to shoot the second season, and in less than a year, we'll have ten new episodes to enjoy.

The Playlist Predicts The 2012 Emmy Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 18, 2012 1:16 PM
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Yeah, yeah, yeah, "The Dark Knight Rises", blah blah blah. Friday might be the day that many movie-watchers have been waiting for for four years, but tomorrow sees one of the biggest points of the year for watchers of the small screen; namely, the announcement of the Emmy nominations.

Patrick Wilson Joins Season 2 Of 'Girls,' Will Possibly Romance Hannah

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2012 5:18 PM
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The guys Hannah has encountered in "Girls" thus far have all had their own quirks (except for maybe Lou Taylor Pucci who was almost too normal): Adam (Adam Driver) is slightly sexually deviant, uniquely individual, at times disarmingly sweet and yet, he will pee on you in the shower for a laugh; Marnie's ex-boyfriend Charlie (Christopher Abbott) is nice and earnest to the point of tedium while Ray (Alex Karpovsky) has an opinion and insight about nearly everyone, and it's usually not positive. Could Patrick Wilson be the dude to show Hannah there are some normal guys in New York City?

Review: Hannah Winds Up Right Back Where She Started In Solid Season Finale For 'Girls'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 17, 2012 10:30 PM
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Suddenly, everything has changed. That might be the recurring theme of "Girls" across its first season, one that has seen Hannah (Lena Dunham), Marnie (Allison Williams), Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) navigate their early '20s and the curveballs that come with it. As we've said time and again, Lena Dunham's focus on character, combined with a willingness to allow them to be unlikeable, wrong, selfish or simply unsure -- as one tends to be at that pre-adulthood age -- has afforded the show a real resonance that belies its standard sitcom set up. Besides a couple mid-season episodes that wobbled, Dunham's instincts have proven right more often than not, with "Girls" delivering unexpected big laughs and tender moments in the unlikeliest places. And so it's fitting that the season finale reorients the lives of everyone. Well, almost.

The Playlist's Picks: Best TV Shows Of The 2011/2012 Season

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 13, 2012 2:52 PM
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While the summer is an excuse for the movie studios to roll out their biggest offerings, television executives are much more afraid of warm weather, leaving the television dial mostly as a wasteland of repeats and reality shows. As such, the TV season essentially gets underway in September, and runs through to May (with cable dramas occasionally moving the goalposts a little either way -- "Breaking Bad" starts in July, "The Newsroom" next week).

Review: Ambition Fractures Friendship In 'Girls'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 10, 2012 11:00 PM
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There has already been much to admire about Lena Dunham's "Girls," one of the most sastisfying and purely entertaining new shows on television. Sharp, funny writing, a knowing ability to find true character moments even in life's most awkward or humiliating circumstances and an honest, obversational style has made the program one with a surprising amount of heart and depth. This has all contributed to a show that isn't just an amusing trifle, but one with a broader scope than the other female driven programs on TV ("The New Girl," "2 Broke Girls," "Veep") just don't have. But if you need even more evidence of just how well-conceived "Girls" really is, tonight's episode truly raises the bar. "Leave Me Alone" takes two seemingly minor and throwaway plot strands from earlier in the season and expands them into integral storylines that once again finds "Girls" moving in unexpected directions.

Review: The 'Girls' Navigate Boyfriends, Threesomes & Art In Another Standout Episode

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2012 11:00 PM
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The season isn't even finished yet and we're already seeing best friends Hannah (Lena Dunham) and Marnie (Alison Williams) swap places in the boyfriend department. During the last episode out at a wild party in Bushwick, Marnie was forced to come to terms that not only is her split with Charlie very, very real, he's moved on with a new girl, Audrey. As for Hannah, after a heated confrontation with Adam ("Do you want me to be your fucking boyfriend?") they've finally sorted out just where their relationship stands and when "Weirdos Need Girlfriends Too" opens, the pair have very comfortably settled into coupledom. With used Magnum condom packages strewn on the floor, and open jar of Cinammon Raisin Swirl peanut butter between them, Hannah and Adam lie in bed, watching his childhood home movies.

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