by (@shalapitcher)

Lena Dunham Adds Women Of Color To Girls In Response To Complaints

Lena Dunham, Jemima Kirke and Allison Williams

It’s a rather rare thing to see TV creators make changes to their shows in direct response to critics — and in many cases, we’re happy they keep their creative integrity — which makes Lena Dunham’s comments at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit yesterday so fascinating. Her HBO show, Girls, while largely acclaimed, was also often criticized for featuring an all-white cast, despite taking place in the definitely not all-white New York City. And the 25-year-old writer/director/star took those complaints seriously.

She felt “heartbreak at the idea that the show would make anyone feel isolated,” she said at the summit, according to Reuters. In response, she said that among the “multitude” of new characters on season two, “There are some of color. Some are not. Some are Caucasian.” We’ve yet to see a list of any of the new cast, but we’re inclined to believe a direct statement like that. “All I want to do is make women feel excited and included by the show.”
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by (@JordanRuntagh)

Lena Dunham Goes Pantsless On The Red Carpet, Somewhere Rihanna Nods With Approval

Lena Dunham definitely isn’t shy, that’s for sure! The star of HBO’s Girls proved that during the opening sketch at the Emmys last week, where she appeared nude on a toilet eating a full cake, a first (we imagine) for network television. (Of course, she also proves this on her show, where she sheds her clothing on a regular basis). And now this past Saturday the actress/writer/director showed up at the L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade culinary event in Culver Studios without wearing pants! Taking a page from the Rihanna Style Guide, perhaps?

Lena wore a flowing teal button-down blouse and super cute polka-dot flats as she appeared on the red carpet next to fellow Girls actress Allison Williams. OK, there might have been some super tiny short-shorts underneath the shirt, but you could have fooled us! The thigh-high number was definitely daring, but left some wondering if it was more approps for bed time than a public event. Are you feeling her pants-free look, or not? Get a closer look in the gallery below, and then cast your vote in our poll!

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by (@katespencer)

Breaking Bad, Girls, Mad Men,Big Bang Theory Stars – And Phil Keoghan – Sing Their Favorite TV Theme Songs At The Emmys

You can always count on VH1 to ask celebrities the most important questions on the red carpet. We headed to the Emmys with one mission and one mission only: to get as many stars as possible to sing their favorite TV theme songs. After all there are SO many good ones! Just try to pick your favorite. Cheers, Friends, The Jeffersons, Punky Brewster, Facts of Life, Welcome Back Kotter, New Girl, the amazing instrumental jams of The Cosby Show and Beverly Hills, 90210 — can you choose just one? The stars we talked to at the Emmys gave it their best shot and some even sang their picks because really, that’s the only way to do it. Wanna see what it looks like when Hank (Dean Norris) from Breaking Bad sings The Brady Bunch theme song? How about The Amazing Race’s Phil Keoghan singing Gilligan’s Island? Yeah, we thought so. Click on, friends.

by (@laurenkaye)

Honey Boo Boo Goes High Brow: Our Dream Cameos For Alana Holler

I consider myself a veteran Honey Boo Boo Child fan, frantically cutting together this montage the morning after her amazing, hysterical, breakout Toddlers & Tiaras episode. Since then, the Go-Go-Juiced sassafrass [legal, rarely-heard name: Alana Holler], along with her coupon-cutting mamma June and daddy Sugar Bear, have scored their own reality series that infamously garnered more viewers than the RNC and has spawned catchphrases like “You Betta Redneckognize!” In light of the show’s success, Honey Boo Boo’s veering more and more into the mainstream with a recent, hilarious interview on Anderson Live and a sketch featured on SNL‘s Weekend Update, starring Vanessa Bayer and Bobby Moynihan.
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, this family isn’t going anywhere. The only natural step is a featured role for Boo Boo on one of television’s hottest Emmy-nominated shows. Right? No? Whatever, let us dream.

Show: Downton Abbey
Character Summary: Lady Mary enters the Big Sister program and is assigned to Alana, or as she will be known on the show, “Lady Boo Boo.”

Show: Homeland
Character Summary: Alana and her belly become a key element in Carrie Mathison’s case against Brody.

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by (@shalapitcher)

Lena Dunham, Fun.’s Jack Antonoff: Cutest Hipster Couple Since Zooey Deschanel And Ben Gibbard?

Lena Dunham and Jack Antonoff

Am I the only one who’s felt there was a huge void in the universe since Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard split up? Now, we can all breathe a sigh of relief and go back to browsing Etsy for hand-embroidered bicycle baskets because Us Weekly reports that Girls writer/creator/star Lena Dunham is dating Fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff. Quirky, multi-talented girl and horned-rim glasses wearing musician? Yes, please!

“They’re trying to keep it a secret,” a source told the magazine. But they’ve already collaborated on a video for the New Yorker and she’s allegedly asked to use a Fun. song on Girls next season.

Another clue to their relationship, Dunham tweeted about Antonoff’s recent interview with MTV News, in which he shared a photo he took of himself and Fiona Apple when he was a kid at the 1997 VMAs. “Best thing that’s happened yet in America,” she wrote. Well, maybe that time Shoshanna smoked crack might have this moment beat. But it’s a close tie.

Crossing fingers for them to appear together at the VMAs tomorrow!

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by (@shalapitcher)

Emmy Nominations: Girls, Downton, Zooey And More Make This A Competition We Actually Care About

Zooey Deschanel, Michelle Dockery and Lena Dunham

When we planned this post, before Scandal’s Kerry Washington and a pajama-wearing Jimmy Kimmel announced the 64th Primetime Emmy nominations, we thought we’d make this list short and sweet. Traditionally, this is an awards show that ignores our faves and gives all the kudos to the shows our parents love. But then we got a very pleasant surprise and discovered we actually care about almost all of the nominees. Maybe the Emmy voters are finally getting younger and hipper. Or maybe really good TV is back in a place where everyone can agree on the shows that CAN’T be ignored.

Our longtime obsession Mad Men and new addiction American Horror Story lead the pack with a whopping 17 nominations apiece. Downton Abbey’s got 16 nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series and acting nods for Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Brendan Coyle, Jim Carter, Maggie Smith and Joanne Froggatt. Of course, HBO is a dominating force once again, but we can’t complain when that means Game of Thrones has 11 nods and Girls has five nods — for Outstanding Comedy, writing, directing, casting and, naturally, Lead Actress Lena Dunham. Speaking of girls, New Girl’s Zooey Deschanel and Max Greenfield are nominated. As expected, Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, 30 Rock and Modern Family also have tons of nominations, but we love them just the same.

After last year’s moving speech, Melissa McCarthy has another shot at Lead Comedy Actress (she’s up against Dunham, Deschanel, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Edie Falco and Veep’s Julia Louis-Dreyfuss). We’re also excited about another of other favorite ladies: Connie Britton for American Horror Story. Also, Blossom is back! Mayim Bialik‘s role on Big Bang Theory earned her a Supporting Actress nod. Among the leading ladies in drama, Dockery is competing with Julianna Margulies, Claire Danes, Kathy Bates, Elisabeth Moss and Glenn Close.

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In the male comedy category, there’s one guy we’re rooting for, for the potential hilarity of his acceptance speech alone: Louis C.K.! He’s got to beat big shots like Larry David, Jon Cryer, Jim Parsons, Alec Baldwin and Don Cheadle first, though. If the Earl of Grantham wants to take home a statuette, he’ll have to defeat the likes of Steve Buscemi, Bryan Cranston, Michael C. Hall, Jon Hamm and Damian Lewis. We confess, our loyalties are completely divided there.

Check out our gallery of favorite nominees above, and a more complete list below. And let us know which shows you’ll be rooting for when the Emmys air on Sunday, September 23.
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by (@hallekiefer)

Girls‘ Jemima Kirke Pregnant With Second Baby

Girls Actress Jemima Kirke Pregnant With Second Child

Girls having girls! Or boys; it’s probably too early to know for sure. While she’s most well-known for portraying a free spirit that’s as likely to lose a baby under a gazebo as she is to take care of it, the real-life Girls star Jemima Kirke is officially expecting her second child with husband Michael Mosberg; the baby will join 20-month-old sister Rafaella Israel. Man, if you thought Jessa’s boho peasant tops were flowy before! We are about to enter a whole new universe of flowiness!

As soon as we stopped wishing Jemima congratulations, however (oh, and congratulations!), we started wondering how this will affect the second season of Girls. Based on a recently released still of Lena Dunham‘s Hannah and Andrew Rannells’ Elijah shooting on the show’s set this week, it looks like they’re already filming the next set of episodes. *Gasp* Do you think that (*spoiler alert if you haven’t seen this season’s finale) Jessa will be pregnant with Chris O’Dowd‘s baby when Jemima gets visibly pregnant? They did get married after 3 weeks, after all. Seems like an almost too perfect story line for Jessa to have to write into the plot…

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by (@hallekiefer)

Girls, What Do You Think About Girls, Veep Getting A Second Season?

Ladies (and gentlemen-ladies), how would you feel about a second season of Girls? Or Veep? As of today, HBO has decided to renew both freshman shows for a 10-episode second season, a pretty quick decision considering they’ve only been on the air for a matter of a few weeks. Girls has so far been attracting a respectable 3.8 million viewers a week, while Veep has been pulling down 3.7 million. So our question is: are you are psyched for another season of Lena Dunham and Julia Louis-Dreyfus? Are you quietly thinking that only one (the one you love) should have made it to their sophomore season? Have you been pretending to watch them so you have something to talk about at lunch, when in reality all you watch is TLC’s My Strange Addiction? Not that we’d blame you, ladies (and man-ladies).

Alternatively, maybe you’re still so exhausted from the non-stop build-up to Girls that you haven’t mustered up the energy to have an opinion about another season of it? If so, let the ladies of Rex (Rachael Mason, Kerry McGuire and Stephanie Bencin) and a million other lady comedians run through every possible opinion for you in their video “S— Girls Say About The Show Girls” video. You too, dude-ladies. You’re welcome.

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by (@shalapitcher)

Girls: We Play “Never Have I Ever” With “All Adventurous Girls Do”

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, so it must be OK to play this new drinking game I just came up with: “Never Have I Ever, The Girls Edition.” Because seriously, last night’s episode, “All Adventurous Girls Do,” was uncanny with scenes that caused me to flash back to things I maybe would rather forget. I’m not going to tell you which of these things have actually happened to me, but I think we can all play along in the privacy of our own home/office with this list of humiliating/sad/hilarious occurrences in the lives of Hannah, Marnie and Jessa. So here we go. Never have I ever …

… Inappropriately flirted with the father of the kids I babysat. Or at least thought about it.

… Dressed up as someone else for a late-night booty call.

… Sabotaged food as a diet trick and then ate it anyway.
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by (@shalapitcher)

Girls: 10 Quotes We Love And Hate-Read From “Vagina Panic”

I had a little epiphany watching the second episode of Girls last night. This was because I watched an episode of Eastbound and Down right before it. We’re not really supposed to like these characters as much as we’re supposed to love-hate them, just like we do the male HBO comedy protagonists before them, Kenny Powers and Larry David. And we’re supposed to cringe at how much the terrible things they say remind us of the things we say in our heads and then think better of. Figuring that out made me enjoy “Vagina Panic” much more — and it makes me look forward to the episodes that haven’t been excerpted and dissected to death as much as the first two have been.

Here are the 10 quotes that had me cringing, nodding my head, laughing and cringing again, in order of cringyness.

10. “I’ve only had sex with two and a half men.” — Hannah, making us wonder just what the half was and hope that at least one of those men satisfied her at some point.

9. “Cobble Hill — that’s like grown up Brooklyn.” — Hannah, in the job interview with Mike Birbiglia, having a conversation only New Yorkers will get, kind of flaunting the fact that they’re having a conversation only New Yorkers will get.

8. “I’m going to admit that I’ve hate read that book.” — Hannah, on Listen Ladies, the self-help book Shoshanna reads to them. This whole scene is so Jezebel-baiting!
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