Jemima Kirke, Allison Williams to Star in Apatow-Produced HBO Pilot

Linda Sharps

Here's something to potentially look forward to TV-wise: there's a new HBO comedy show in the works, and it's got some interesting folks on board. The as-yet-untitled comedy is written and directed by Lena Dunham, the 24-year-old creative force behind the micro-budget film Tiny Furniture. Tiny Furniture has earned her plenty of critical acclaim to date—it won top prize at this year’s South by Southwest as well as two Gotham Film Awards nominations.

Jemima Kirke, who co-starred with Dunham in Tiny Furniture, is cast as a lead in the HBO pilot, along with Allison Williams, daughter of NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams.

Perhaps most promisingly for the show's commercial success, it's executive produced by Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Pineapple Express, Superbad, etc.).

The show as described will focus on the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of three girlfriends in their early 20s: Hannah (Dunham), an intern at a publishing house in SoHo and a hopeful writer; Marnie (Williams), a sexy, bitchy, and ambitious assistant at a political PR firm whose goal is to practice environmental law; and Jessa (Kirke), a space cadet with hippie tendencies who wants to be an artist/educator.

Sounds a bit
Sex and the City-ish to me, but I'm guessing it will have a very different feel. Here's hoping for another strong HBO original series!

Image via Tiny Furniture

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