Back in September, Judd Apatow signed on to produce a comedy pilot called "Girls" for HBO. And now Apatow’s return to weekly television has been confirmed.
Deadline is reporting that "Girls" has been picked up for a full season by HBO. Apatow will executive produce the series with Jenni Konner.
"Girls" was created by Lena Dunham who also directed the pilot and stars as Hannah, a young writer working as intern at a publishing house in New York. The series will follow Hannah and her friends Marnie (Allison Williams) and Jessa (Jemima Kirke) as they go through "assorted humiliations and rare triumphs." Adam Driver co-stars as Hannah’s boyfriend. The series has already gotten comparisons to "Sex and the City," but given Apatow’s involvement the humor will probably be a bit more expansive than that series.
Dunham has garnered critical acclaim for her indie film, "Tiny Furniture" which she also wrote and directed. Dunham has previously directed the film "Creative Nonfiction" and appeared as an actress in "Family Tree," "The House of The Devil" and the TV series "Delusional Downtown Divas."
"Lena has a unique, truthful comic voice," said Apatow back in September. "I am excited to work with her and learn from her."
Apatow himself has extensive experience on TV, including series like "The Ben Stiller Show," "The Larry Sanders Show" and "The Critic" as well as two cult classic comedy series in "Freaks and Geeks" and "Undeclared;" which have recently been picked up for rebroadcast on IFC.
"Girls" will mark Apatow’s first TV project in ten years, after becoming better known for several raunchy screen comedies, including "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," "Knocked Up," "Superbad," "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "Step Brothers."