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Why was this the best 'Girls' season in years?

HitFix's Alan Sepinwall interviews "Girls" producer Jenni Konner about the HBO comedy's fifth season, starring Lena Dunham, Adam Driver, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, and Zosia Mamet.   Read More... //

Girls Season 5 Finale: Who Reunited? Who Imploded? Alex Karpovsky on Ray's Romance, War Against Hipsters

A double shot of episodes to end Season 5 of Girls meant two times the relationship drama. Hannah and Frans romance ended toxically (with references to The Crucible and a blas call for an Uber). Marnie had a sex/love dream about Ray (in which he had hair like Khaleesi from Game of Thrones only raven-hued). [] //

'Girls': Alex Karpovsky breaks down [SPOILER] and [SPOILER]'s reunion

Warning: This post contains major spoilers from the two-part Girls season 5 finale that aired Sunday. Marnie and Ray have finally taken the plunge! In the final moments of Love Stories, the first of two Girls episodes that aired Sunday, Marnie (Allison Williams...   Read More... //

Girls Star Alex Karpovsky Talks About Directing His First Episode, Rays Future With Marnie

The penultimate episode of Girls Season 5 was directed by longtime cast member Alex Karpovsky , and despite five feature films under his belt, this was his first foray into directing for TV. Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner came over to me one day when we were shooting a scene upstate, he told TheWrap of how the gig came about. They asked me if directing an episode was something that appealed to me, and I said, Yeah, its something that could be a lot of fun, and they went, Great, and a few weeks later came back and assigned a specific episode to me.   Read More... //

Girls Producers on Shooting in NYC, Location Cheats, and Allison Williams Being Barefoot in Chinatown

The first episode of our The City of Scenes podcast.   Read More... //

Hannah on Girls is the Madonna of TV

Hannah Horvath has never been wilder. On Sunday nights episode of Girls, Hannah (Lena Dunham) dumped her boyfriend Fran (Jake Lacy) during the first two hours of their summer vacation, caused a car accident by making ill-advised sexual advances on the driver and hopped into another vehicle of a stranger who looked like an ax... ...   Read More... //

The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of April 11, 2016

Which TV series will your friends (and the entire internet) be talking about this week? Stay informed — or at least be able to fake it — with SideReel's weekly guide to The Most Important Shows on TV.   Orphan Black (Season Premiere) Thursday at 10:00 p.m. on BBC America Why: A recent convert to the Church of Maslany, I can now add my voice to the growing chorus of fans complaining about how underrated the Canadian star of this complicated show really is. Tatiana Maslany plays a horde of clones, all with distinct looks, mannerisms, and accents. She sometimes shares the screen with three other versions of herself. But wait, there's more! She even plays clones pretending to be other clones. But Maslany operates at such a consistently high level that viewers likely don't even think about the skill involved. That may be why she was overlooked by Emmy voters during the show's first two seasons (along with their sci-fi phobia). But a nomination finally came last year, and Orphan looks to build on its momentum this season, with a new look at the life of Beth Childs, more secrets about the Neolutionists, and a major new addition to the Clone Club. Prepare to talk about: Maslany deserving all the awards; flashy flashbacks; the new show after the show.   Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season Premiere) Friday at 3:01 a.m. on Netflix Why: It's a high-class problem, for sure, but a problem nonetheless: how do you follow up a show as iconic as 30 Rock ? In this case, by not straying too far from what worked. In Kimmy , the producing duo of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock delivered a worthy successor that immediately felt familiar (crazy pacing, over-the-top silliness, and that jaunty Jeff Richmond music) while exploring new thematic territory. While the first season was produced for NBC (which bizarrely released the show, allowing Netflix to pick up an obvious winner), this go-round should enjoy a little more freedom, both in language and episode timing. While there may be some subtle differences, Kimmy will continue to be the very weird, very smart, slightly dark comedy viewers binge-watched, GIFed, and memed. Prepare to talk about: How strong females are (strong as hell, best believe); Kimmy in a Christmas elf costume; even more singing; Titus’ estranged wife!   Girls (Season Finale) Sunday at 10 p.m. on HBO Why: Since the first season, Girls has been willing to break with the traditional model of TV storytelling to focus on just one of the lead characters or to take what seems like a major detour for the duration of an episode. It has always paid off (particularly in " One Man's Trash ," featuring Patrick Wilson) and this year's attempt was no exception. Even though she is usually the absolute worst, Marnie's walkabout in " The Panic in Central Park " has been the season's high point, revisiting an almost-forgotten character while actually moving the story forward. That look back at Charlie was a reminder that this series is slowly nearing its conclusion. Sunday's two-parter will set up the sixth and final season, which is all sorts of depressing because Lena Dunham is about to turn 30 and that means we're all older too and why does this keep happening? Prepare to talk about: Jenny Slate's return as Hannah's frenemy; the future of Jessa and Adam; the final season.   T.J. DeGroat is the editor of SideReel. He is probably a Marnie, sadly. Follow him on Twitter . p { text-align: justify; }

Lena Dunham Expands Her Empire Into Book Publishing

Movies, TV shows, newsletters, and now publishing!   Read More... //

On HBOs Girls, a Kitty Genovese Plot Proves Eerily Timed

On Sundays episode of Lena Dunhams series, a play recreated the Genovese murder. On Monday, the world learned that Genoveses killer had just died.   Read More... //

'Girls' episode dedicated to Kitty Genovese airs following her killer's death

'This is one of the weirdest coincidences the universe has yet so serve up in my short time here on earth,' Lena Dunham wrote on Instagram....   Read More... //