We live in a world where TV schedules, particularly American ones are dominated by television programmes about the younger generation and there gripes and troubles with the world around them, but a lot of them are less realistic than a Barbie doll. With about four scandals are dramas per episode including deaths, murder plots, kidnaps, sex games, arguments with friends over said sex lives and abortions and pregnancies thrown in for good measure, it’s unsurprising that parents worry.
Not to fear though HBO look set to rescue us from the likes of One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl, 90210, Glee and all of their huge anti-realities with new show Girls – it’s set to air the first three episodes back-to-back at SXSW festival later this month and débuts on HBO in April, so hopefully it will do well and make it’s way to Sky Atlantic sooner rather than later as it looks like a break from the status quo that’s well worth a look.
HBO really is the don of television, Girls may not have the style factor of Mad Men, contain filth and violence like Game of Thrones or even disguise as much deceit and disgust as Boardwalk Empire but it clearly does have heart, honesty and a hook to keep you interested. It’s also got the king of heartfelt comedy, Judd Apatow on board as a producer. It’s certainly a mean feat for Lena Dunham as she’s not only starring in the show, but has written, produced and directed it too – certainly taking a shot for the females of the population.
It wouldn’t be the first show that HBO have launched into this market either, in fact they created one of the pioneering shows of the genre, you may have heard of it or the vile films that it spurned, (which I’ll happily admit made me vomit into my popcorn box) after a successful run, Sex and the City? Where Girls isn’t going to be as tongue-in-cheek by the looks of it, it does look like it’s set to focus on the drama more and hopefully will not contain the annoying Carrie Bradshaw inspired phrase ‘ I often wondered…’
The series, Girls, is aimed at young women and is a comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of females in their early 20s. We’ve firmly crossed our fingers that Girls is as good as we hope, the trailer’s below and we’re impressed, check it out: