Girls will be saying goodbye to our televisions after it’s 6th season finishes airing, E! Online reports. But to all the Lena Dunham fans out there, it isn’t time to start hyperventilating just yet. Girls Season 5 hasn’t aired yet, so it will be a long time yet till we have to say our final farewell to Lena and friends.
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But the news that Girls will be ending after a half a dozen seasons isn’t that much of a surprise to anyone who has been following the series for a while.
“Never say never, but that is the way we’re thinking about it right now and we’re starting to think about sort of how to wrap up the storylines of these particular young women,” Lena Dunham said during an interview on The Elvis Duran Show last year, E! Online reports. “It’s really exciting. I started working on this show when I was 23, and I’m going to be 30 so it kind of feels right that this show kind of sandwiched my 20s and then I go off into the world.”
She also told Variety that she prefers the British TV model where they have shorter seasons and series runs.
“I think America has a tendency to push shows past their due dates,” Dunham said “I like the British model — in and out.”
Dunham got her big break in Hollywood when her quasi-autobiographical 2010 indie movie “Tiny Furniture,”won the jury prize at the SXSW Film Festival. She told Variety that she intends to return to directing films soon but she doubts that she’ll cast herself in starring roles anymore.
“There are so many talented female actors who are not getting the jobs they deserve,” she said. “I would love to be creating parts for those actors rather than necessarily being that actor. But you never know. Maybe ‘Girls’ will end, and I’ll miss it so much I’ll suddenly be like, let’s relaunch ‘Two and a Half Men’ with me and Jon Cryer.”
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Girls Season 5, which also features Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, and Zosia Mamet, will resume after a six-month time lapse viewers saw in the Season 4 finale. This should make for an interesting first couple of episodes as the girls are beginning new eras of their lives. Hannah is in a brand new relationship with Fran (Jake Lacy) for example and Shosh (Mamet) has immigrated to Japan.
As Variety reports, five years ago, HBO approached Dunham to craft a series that spoke to the young women in her generation. She had with her co-showrunner Jenni Konner as her mentor and famed director Judd Apatow as executive producer.
“She’s learned faster than anyone I’ve met,” Konner says.
The show faced a lot of criticism when it premiered for not portraying the racial diversity of New York in the Girls cast.
Girls Season 5 will premiere on HBO on Sunday. February 21 at 10 p.m. on HBO.
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In other TV news, there’s another TV staple that will also be saying goodbye soon. Michael Weatherly who plays Agen DiNozo on NCIS after starring on the show for 13 seasons. CBS, the network that broadcasts NCIS confirmed that Weatherly will be leaving the show at the end of the current season via a statement which appeared in Us Weekly.
“After 13 years on NCIS, Michael Weatherly is leaving the show at the end of this season,” the network wrote. “He is a valued part of the CBS family, and the immense charm and talent he brings to the screen as ‘Very’ Special Agent Tony DiNozzo has helped make NCIS what it is today — the No. 1 drama in the world.”
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