Girls

Comedienne Sandra Bernhard has defended HBO series Girls on Canadian talkshow George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight this week.

“Well, I think that everyone was just amazed that someone who wasn’t stereotypically beautiful felt good about herself, and was allowed to be who she was and still feel that she could have sex with whoever she wanted to. That was sort of like – to break down the barriers,” Bernhard said of Lena Dunham and Girls.

 

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Judd Apatow has confirmed that a third season of Girls is on the way.

The Executive producer told reporters while promoting his new film This Is 40 that the HBO comedy, which will return for its sophomore season in January next year, has been given the green light for a third run.

“We’re about to shoot the third season of Girls,” he said in a video interview for The DP/30 Channel. Continue reading »

HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada) and Astral’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada), presents Girls, a new series from HBO that takes a comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s living in New York.

Girls is created by and stars Lena Dunham and is executive produced by Dunham, Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner.

The series premieres Sunday, April 15 at 10:30 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada, day-and-date with the U.S.

 

Meet the Girls:

Hannah (Lena Dunham, Tiny Furniture) is both self-entitled and self-loathing. She believes she has the talent to be a successful writer, but forgets she has to write something first. She wants to have a boyfriend without the obligations of a relationship, and a job without having to work. She’s ultimately good-natured, with a spirited sense of humour. But every time Hannah is about to improve her circumstances, her cluelessness undercuts her.

Marnie (Allison Williams, American Dreams), Hannah’s roommate and best friend, is a Type A personality with strict rules about friendship. She is a foil to Hannah and has both a job and a serious boyfriend. But while she may have it together on the surface, underneath it all she is as lost and uncertain as everyone else.

Jessa (Jemima Kirke, Tiny Furniture) is a live-and-let-live bohemian who’s allergic to anything she views as bourgeois. She wants a life less ordinary and has travelled extensively. She’s had lots of different jobs and lots of different boyfriends, but her apparent lack of fear belies her own kind of insecurity.

Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet, Mad Men), Jessa’s roommate and cousin, aspires to the “Sex and the City” lifestyle. She’s an NYU student obsessed with “women’s issues,” gluten-free foods and sexcentric self-help. The others tend to underestimate her because she’s suburban and innocent, but Shoshanna can be a surprisingly insightful source of wisdom.

Girls cast also includes Adam Driver (Angels in America on Broadway, HBO’s You Don’t Know Jack) and recurring guest stars Chris Abbott (Martha Marcy May Marlene) and Alex Karpovsky (Tiny Furniture).

Lena Dunham directed five of the 10 episodes of Girls. Other directors on the show include Jody Lee Lipes (cinematographer on Martha Marcy May Marlene and Tiny Furniture), Jesse Peretz (Our Idiot Brother) and Richard Shepard (The Matador, Emmy® winner for Ugly Betty).

In addition to Dunham, who wrote or co-wrote every episode of the show, writers on Girls include Judd Apatow (Knocked Up), Bruce Eric Kaplan (HBO’s Six Feet Under) and Jenni Konner (Help Me Help You, In the Motherhood, Undeclared).

This Spring, HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Astral ‘s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada) brings subscribers even more of the highest quality programming available on premium television with all-new series, films, documentaries and returning favourites from HBO.

All programming will debut day-and-date with HBO in the US, and subscribers will have access in High Definition, on demand and online. HBO Canada’s Spring 2012 programming line-up includes:

 

Series and Original Films

 

Game Change (HBO Original Film)

Premieres Saturday, March 10 at 9:00 p.m. ET/MT 

Starring Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson and Ed Harris, this HBO Films presentation follows John McCain’s (Harris) 2008 presidential campaign, from his selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (Moore) as his running mate to their ultimate defeat in the general election. Harrelson portrays Steve Schmidt, McCain’s senior campaign strategist. Based on the bestselling book of the same name by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, the film is directed by Jay Roach and written by Danny Strong. Executive Produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Roach.

 

Game of Thrones , Season 2 (HBO Original Series)

Premieres Sunday, April 1 at 9:00 p.m. ET/MT 

HBO’s epic fantasy series Game of Thrones kicks off its 10-episode second season. Based on the popular book series A Song of Ice and Fire , by George R.R. Martin, this Emmy ® and Golden Globe ® -winning fantasy series chronicles an epic struggle for power in a vast and violent fantasy kingdom.  Among the returning members of the ensemble cast are Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emmy ® and Golden Globe ® winner Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Lena Headey and Kit Harington. The series is Executive Produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

 

Girls (HBO Original Series)

Premieres Sunday, April 15 at 10:30 p.m. ET/MT

Created by and starring Lena Dunham ( Tiny Furniture ), this new 10-episode, half-hour comedy looks at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s in New York City.  Girls is Executive Produced by Dunham along with Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner. Also starring Jemima Kirke, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet and Adam Driver.

 

VEEP (HBO Original Series)

Premieres Sunday, April 22 at 10:00 p.m. ET/MT

Created by Armando Iannucci (Oscar® nominee for co-writing In the Loop), VEEP is a new eight-episode, half-hour comedy starring Emmy® winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus as former Senator Selina Meyer, who becomes vice president, only to discover the job is nothing like she expected, but everything she was warned about. The series is Executive Produced by Iannucci along with Frank Rich and Christopher Godsick. Also starring Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Matt Walsh, Reid Scott, Timothy C. Simons and Sufe Bradshaw.

 

Hemingway & Gellhorn (HBO Original Film)

Premieres May 2012

Starring Academy Award® nominee and Golden Globe® winner Clive Owen and Academy Award and three-time Golden Globe winner Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn recounts one of the greatest romances of the last century – the passionate love affair and tumultuous marriage of literary master Ernest Hemingway and the beautiful, trailblazing war correspondent Martha Gellhorn – as it follows the adventurous writers through the Spanish Civil War and beyond. Executive Produced by Philip Kaufman, Trish Hofmann, James Gandolfini, Alexandra Ryan and Barbara Turner. Also starring David Strathairn, Molly Parker, Rodrigo Santoro, Parker Posey, actor-musician Lars Ulrich and Tony Shalhoub.

 

Documentaries

 

Saving Face

Premieres Thursday, March 8 at 8:30 p.m. ET/MT

This 40-min documentary spotlights British cosmetic surgeon to the stars Dr. Mohammad Jawad, as he travels to his homeland in Pakistan to treat survivors of radically disfiguring acid attacks, the majority of whom are women targeted by family members. The film also follows one of his patients as she becomes involved with women in the Pakistani parliament to address the issue of acid violence on a national level.  From Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.

 

God Is The Bigger Elvis

Premieres April 2012

Directed by Rebecca Camissa, this documentary tells the story of Dolores Hart, a rising Hollywood starlet who appeared in films with Elvis Presley, Montgomery Clift and Anthony Quinn, but abandoned her career to become a Benedictine nun in 1963 at age 23. Now Mother Prioress of the cloistered Abbey of Regina Laudis, in Bethlehem, Connecticut, she reveals her life, past and present, with grace and humour.

 

The Weight of the Nation

Premieres May 2012

Developed in partnership with leading research institutions in the United States, this documentary looks at the contemporary obesity epidemic. Three years in the making, the multi-part series sheds new light on the facts and myths of this urgent public health problem, showing how obesity affects the health of a nation and cripples the health-care system through diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and arthritis.

 

In Eastern Canada, all programming will be available in High Definition and on demand, and on HBO Canada OnLine with Bell TV Online , Rogers On Demand Online and Videotron’s Illico Web. In Western Canada, programming will be available in High Definition on Movie Central HD, and on demand and online with Movie Central On Demand.