Judd Apatow will return to his TV roots by producing an as-yet Untitled Comedy Series for HBO that revolves around (what else?) the awkward experiences of a group of individuals in their early twenties.
The pilot for the show was written by 24-year old up-and-comer Lena Dunham, who will co-executive produce the show alongside Apatow and Jenni Konner (a writer on Apatow’s cult Undeclared).
Dunham will also star in the series, which marks a departure from previous Apatow TV shows and movies in that it will revolve primarily around a group of young women – not men or teenagers.
Apatow’s name has been synonymous with comedies that mix R-Rated raunchy humor and genuine sentiment, ever since his breakout hit, The 40-Year Old Virgin, was released back in 2004. He started off the past decade working on the short-lived TV cult shows Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared, with a handful of actors (James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Jason Segel) that have since gone on to become regulars in Apatow produced and/or directed movies.
Dunham’s new show will likely resemble the aforementioned Freaks and Geeks in terms of tone and its use of (painfully) realistic, awkward situations for comedic effect. Apatow has a knack for handling such material, so his involvement is a definite plus for the series.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World also dealt with the trials and tribulations of individuals in their early twenties, but failed to draw in the masses last month. Unlike Edgar Wright’s comic book adaptation, the new Apatow-produced series looks to be less of a niche product and should appeal to a broader audience.
Being on HBO will allow the new Dunham-penned TV series more artistic leeway with regards to the themes it addresses and adult-oriented content. Could it become the new Sex & the City – albeit for a younger generation of viewers?
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