Don't call HBO's 'Girls' a younger 'Sex and the City'


Get ready for television's radically new view of the secret lives of "Girls."It comes from Lena Dunham, a young writer-director-actress whose unique creative voice has made marks at the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Music and Media Festival in Austin, Texas. After big receptions there for her films "Creative Nonfiction" and "Tiny Furniture," she returned last month to unveil her newest project: the often stunningly frank HBO series "Girls," which premieres Sunday, April 15.With filmmaker Judd Apatow ("The 40-Year-Old Virgin") as an executive producer, the serio-comic show revolves around several 20-something New Yorkers struggling to balance their careers and love lives ... and, frequently, their friendships with one another. If that sounds like a younger "Sex and the City," Dunham purposely sets her edgier "Girls" apart by referencing the earlier series in the first episode."I'd heard that writers and independent filmmakers could make a living writing or directing for TV," she tells Zap2it, "so my...


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