HBO's 'Girls' Renewed for Fourth Season -- and Then the Show's Panel at TCA Deteriorates Into Verbal Altercation Deadline, THR
HBO announced Thursday that it has officially renewed “Girls,” with just three days before the comedy returns for its third season, at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports.
While the renewal came as little surprise given the show's positive critical reception, the panel included some verbal sparring, after a “Random Guy Who Covers TV” asked creator and star Lena Dunham what the point was of the show’s nudity, writes Lisa De Moraes at Deadline.com.
“I don’t get the purpose of all the nudity -- particularly by you,” he said. The man added that he understood the nudity on HBO’s “Game of Thrones” as an attempt to “be salacious and titillate people.”
Dunham responded: “It’s a realistic expression of what it’s like to be alive. I totally get it if you’re not into me. That’s your problem.”
But executive producer Judd Apatow didn’t brush aside the question so easily, asking with what De Moraes says was a sneer, “Do you have a girlfriend? Does she like you?” He then suggested the man tell his girlfriend about how he asked the question and “let me know how it goes tonight.”
De Moraes adds: “Apatow apparently lives in that alternate universe in which everyone loves ‘Girls.’”
Later, after questions about the show’s racial diversity and whether Dunham likes the characters on the show, executive producer Jenni Konner rounded back to the question about nudity, the story notes.
“I’m in such a rage spiral about that guy!” Konner said. “Looking at him, I’m going into such a rage! Accusing a woman of showing her body so much! It just makes me sort of sick.”
She demanded to know which publication the man works for, and Apatow joked, “We don’t expect that from The New York Times.”
The verbal altercation briefly went off in another direction after Konner chimed in: “I don’t expect that from Us Weekly." De Moraes writes: "The critic from Us Weekly, who was in the room and had not asked the question, took exception with her accusation, insisting he was pro-Dunham-nudity on 'Girls.' Then, someone got the bright idea of comparing the women of 'Girls' to the women of 'The Golden Girls,' which seemed to calm everyone down."
The article doesn’t identify the "Random Guy Who Covers TV" or which publication he writes for.