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No Sub? HBO Wants You to Watch the Pilots of 'Girls' and 'Veep'

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood April 15, 2012 at 1:01AM

HBO will allow anyone interested access to its two newest original comedies: Lena Dunham's "Girls" and "Veep" with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The day after both pilots premiere on HBO, audiences can stream the shows on HBO.com, YouTube, DailyMotion, and TV.com. The "Veep" pilot will also be available free of charge on iTunes.
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Lena Dunham in HBO's "Girls"
Lena Dunham in HBO's "Girls"

HBO is giving everyone access to two new original comedies: Lena Dunham's "Girls" and "Veep," starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus.  The day after both pilots premiere on HBO, audiences can stream the shows on HBO.com, YouTube, DailyMotion, and TV.com. The "Veep" pilot will also be available free of charge on iTunes.

Created by and starring Lena Dunham ("Tiny Furniture"), "Girls" documents the blunt humor, intimate humiliations, rare triumphs, and comic tragedies in the lives of four 20-something women living in New York City. "Girls" premieres on Sunday, April 15 at 10:30 PM.

Brit Armando Iannucci (“In the Loop”) is the creator of satirical political sitcom  "Veep," the story of Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) who becomes vice president only to find that it wasn't quite the job she expected. The cast includes Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Matt Walsh, Reid Scott, Timothy C. Simons and Sufe Bradshaw.  "Veep" premieres Sunday, April 22 at 10 PM.

To watch both shows, turn to: HBO.com/girls, HBO.com/veep, Youtube.com/hbo.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.