The ladies of Girls, along with executive producers Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner, appeared onstage at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour today to discuss the series' upcoming third season, which premieres this Sunday, January 12. But the biggest news to come out of the panel had nothing to do with Season 3, and everything to do with Season 4: The series has already been renewed for a fourth season and will begin filming it this spring. There's obviously no premiere date yet, but it's expected to air in early 2015.
However, just 'cause the renewal was the biggest piece of news doesn't mean it was the most exciting (or some might say awkward) thing to happen at the Girls panel. After a male journalist kicked off the customary Q&A session by essentially asking series creator and star Lena Dunham why she so frequently appears naked on the show (seriously, we're still on that?) Dunham said she felt it was a very realistic expression of what it's like to be alive.
But Apatow wouldn't let go of the question, and asked the journalist if he has a girlfriend and whether she likes him. Talk about uncomfortable. And the weirdness didn't end there; Konner was unable to concentrate throughout the rest of panel and had to ask for several questions to be repeated, because she said the first question had sent her down a "rage spiral" and she wasn't paying attention.
Of course, the most surprising thing about all of this is not that it happened, but rather that people are still so hung up on Dunham's nudity on the show. We're heading into Season 3, people! It's a given!
Anyway, there was still plenty more to talk about regarding the upcoming season, like the fact that we're going to see more character development from the men on the series. "Ray transforms, in a way, [and] love opens up Adam," Konner told the crowd. "We took the time this season to really spend some time with Adam, and with Ray, and you understand them better when you know more about them."
And Jemima Kirke's character Jessa will embark on a journey of her own, with her character evolving much like people do in real life. Kirke pointed out that Jessa is always described as being the most sexually adventurous of the four women, but that she's least-often seen engaging in the act, and Kirk finds that very deliberate. "She's very sexually damaged," she said.
Girls Season 3 premieres this Sunday, January 12 at 10pm on HBO. Will you be tuning in?
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