The season 4 premiere date of HBO’s Girls is still some time away (Jan 11th to be exact) but HBO recently unveiled a brand new teaser trailer of what to expect when the series returns in the new year.
So as you can see, Hannah (Lena Dunham) has migrated to Iowa to begin school at Iowa’s Writers Workshop, Marnie (Alison Williams) finds herself in a tricky romantic situation while Shoshanna (Zoisa Mamet) discovers life after college isn’t as easy as first thought.
HBO also dropped a brand new season 4 promotional poster featuring the four main girls.
As Adam toasts in the trailer, here’s to Hannah “taking the next step in a series of random steps!”
Girls returns for series 4 on Jan 11th 2015 on HBO
We were promised a some-what lighter third season for Girls and it’s lead character Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham) and for the most part, Dunham gave us what was promised, but true to form, Girls never dances too long in the light and breezy by showing us that when things start to look up, there’s something to drag you down lurking right around the corner.
I still dislike Hannah and no matter how hard I try to see things from her perspective, I still end up heading to that small place in my mind that wants to throttle the self-centredness right out of her. I know I’m not alone here. It’s funny to think that Girls, while incredibly well acted and highly intriguing, is literally about the life of a 25 year old woman who is so deplorable and loathsome that the other people in her world (Jessa the junkie or Elijah the enabler for instance) begin to look like shining beacons of light.
It’s clear Dunham has created Hannah to be particularly unlikeable to the point she’s practically shoving more things for us to hate about her down our throats.
*Hannah’s book editor David dies and at his funeral and proceeds too ask his widow for a contact for another editor.
*Adam’s eccentric and (probably) unstable sister Caroline (great casting of Gaby Hoffman) arrives and asks to stay. Ignoring Adam’s CRYSTAL CLEAR instructions to not allow it, Hannah moves Caroline right on in.
*Hannah thrives doing advertorial work for GQ, in fact, she shows everyone else up with her quick thinking ability, but proceeds to self sabotage in order to be fired as she feels like, as a writer, she’s selling out.
*Marnie invites the girls over to her mother’s friends beach house where in town, Hannah bumps into Elijah and against Marnie’s wishes, invites Elijah and his friends to join them in order to avoid having to spend any actual time with her friends.
Are we really surprised? This is Hannah after all.
Out of all the characters this season, Shoshanna grew on me the most. Yes, I thought her decision to end things with Ray was a silly idea, but that, in itself, brought out a sexually empowered and vocally aggressive Shoshanna. It didn’t hurt either when Shosh got to say not only what every viewer has wanted to say to Hannah, but also, the line of the entire show to date:
“You’re a fucking narcissist. Seriously, I’ve never met anyone else who thinks their own life is so fascinating. I wanted to fall asleep in my own vomit all day listening to you speak about how you bruise more easily than other people … [I don’t want to be like] you, like mentally ill and miserable.”
Yes! Thank you, Shoshana.
Even Adam, who I’ve never liked, actually began to grow on me. I think it was around the time his sister arrived that I actually said to myself ‘things are bad when Adam is the sanest character in this show’.
So now, we’ve come to an end for season three. Adam is flourishing on Broadway which meant he had zero time and zero patience for Hannah. Shoshanna’s year of sex and debauchery leaves her flunking out of college and a failed attempt to win Ray back. Jessa agreed to help wheelchair bound artist Beadie commit suicide (by actually hand feeding her pills) only for Beadie to freak out and scream for 911. Marnie’s professional life is getting back on track, working as a gallery assistant and making some rather nice music with Desi, but of course, Marnie has always been one to blur the line between professional and romantic….and Hannah…well, with Adam pushing her aside for Broadway, it opens the door for her to take up the offer to attend the exclusive Iowa Writers Workshop (when did she apply for that by the way?)
The new year is officially here and we’ve got some new TV projects and returning favourites hitting the small screen that will make us all very excited! From The Walking Dead to Flowers In The Attic, American Horror Story Coven to True Detective, here’s a look at some of what to expect in 2014!
Where to start? How about returning shows?
The Walking Dead – Returns Feb 9th (USA)/ Feb 10th (Australia)
I’m pretty sure the internet almost went into meltdown after the mid season finale aired. The governor attacking the prison, Hershel’s death, baby Judith missing….so what can we expect to see when it returns? Well the last we saw, the survivors were scattered, running in all kinds of directions. Word has it that father and son duo Rick and Carl will be on their own for some time, and we can expect to see a darker side to both Beth and Maggie who witnessed their father being almost beheaded by the governor. In this second half, we’ll be treated to more Daryl Dixon including an episode centred on our brooding hero and the long speculated and recently confirmed news is that Carol will return! Presumably with the group split up, she’ll bump into some of the survivors.
And what about those rats in the prison? Apparently, we will finally learn who had been feeding them to the walkers and lastly, we’re being told to brace ourselves for another death of a major character. Clearly, there’d be no word of who, but it wouldn’t be a Walking Dead season finale without someone we love being killed off! Check out the promo for the next episode below!
American Horror Story: COVEN- Returns Jan 8th (USA)/ Soon after (Australia)
Getting right into it, the war between the voodoo witches led by Marie Laveau and the Miss Robichaux’s Academy led by Fiona Goode is over. The two witches will form a truce to seek out the hive of witch hunters, but the truce wont come easily. Also, with the next episode to air titled “The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks” I’m’m pretty sure our twirling songstress will be making an appearance! Check out the trailer below!
Orphan Black – Season 2 starts April 19th (USA)
We’re not being told much and the two season 2 promo trailers reveal NOTHING! The fact this small show has garnered such a cult following in such a small time plus Tatiana Maslany’s lead actress Golden Globe nomination will ensure season two will be bigger (if it’s possible!) than season one!
Winners and Losers – Returns 2014
We’ve got 13 more episodes of this Aussie favourite to go for season 3 before season 4 kicks off! Let’s not forget, when we last left off, psycho trainer Shannon had attacked Zac and dumped him in the boot of his car and judging by the promo below, he’s found but in trouble and it looks like love may blossom between Flynn and Sam (and I see the writers took note of my requests for Flynn in less clothing!)
What’s new for 2014?
HELIX – Starts Jan 10th (USA)
True Detective – Starts Jan 12th (USA)
8 part series one sees Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey on screen together. Looks like if a season two happens, it will follow an entirely new cast and storyline.
Love Child – Early 2014 (Australia)
Looking – Starts Jan 19th (USA)
This 8 episode mini series is being touted as the gay version of Lena Dunham’s GIRLS and stars GLEE’s Jonathan Groff and Scott Bakula.
LEGENDS – Coming Mid 2014 (USA)
Those Who Kill – Starts March 2014 (USA)
Chloe Sevigny stars in A&E’s newest drama which centers on a female police detective and a profiler (forensic psychiatrist), on the hunt for serial killers.
Flowers In The Attic – Airs Jan 18th (USA)
Lifetime Network have taken V.C Andrews campy tale of child abuse, incest and well….attics and put Heather Graham and Ellen Burstyn in the lead roles. Not sure how Lifetime (known for their midday movies staring Meredith Baxter-Birney) will handle such a scandalous tale, but you can check out the promo below!
and while we’re at it, Lifetime have also given the tale of Lizzie Borden a crack with Christina Ricci taking the lead.
Lena Dunham’s hit series GIRLS will be back on US screens with a double hitter episode special on Jan 12th to kick off the shows third season on HBO – with a fast track to Showcase in Australia on Jan 13th @ 7:30pm.
With how dark and twisty season two was (remember the whole Q-Tip and OCD scenario?), it’s actually great to see in the new trailer below, Hannah and her friends all happy and bouncy and things seem to take a turn for the best for everyone (but we all know this can’t last long!) and if you look closely, you’ll see Elijah (Andrew Rannells) is back too!
Girls kicks off season 3 on Jan 12th on HBO in the US and Monday Jan 13th on Showcase in Australia.
Looks like Hannah (Lena Dunham) has turned a corner and headed down a more positive route when Girls returns for it’s third season in 2014 and I for one am glad. The dark and twisty route that enveloped Hannah for most of season two (Including weird sexual encounters with Jessa’s teenage stepbrother and a random stranger she met at Ray’s coffee house plus suffering a bout of OCD) really set an uncomfortable tone for the entire season leaving not one single character untouched by it’s effects.
In the behind-the-scenes preview below, Lena Dunham explains that when the show returns, we’ll see Hannah and Adam (Adam Driver) are once again back together, but this time, it seems more happier on both sides as Hannah has also patched up her working relationship with her book editor as well – but as Dunham explains, as this is Girls, this patch of sunshine can’t last.
If anything positive was to come out of the cancellation of The New Normalit’s the news that Andrew Rannells will be back as Elijah! As you’ll remember, we last saw Elijah being kicked out of Hannah’s apartment after finding out that he and Marnie had a rather unfortunate sexual encounter.
Girls is set to return in 2014 for an all new season three on Foxtel’s Showcase channel.
It’s the announcement fans have been waiting for – Josh Thomas and his self penned and created show, Please Like Me will be back for a second season – finally – and we can thank a new television network in America for this news. The Pivot Channel in America made the announcement of the second season before the August 1st USA premier date of Season 1.
Given little love by the ABC network in Australia (it was moved from ABC1 to the digital ABC2), Please Like Me and it’s stars including Thomas and Wade Briggs have garnered an impressive and well earned cult following – due largely to the word-of-mouth/social media attention the show received after it’s end in April this year.
It’s been announced that Pivot will co-produce (with ABC2) and source funds to bring a second season to our screens.
Speaking with FOX FM’s Fifi & Jules this afternoon, Thomas announced that Pivot plan to buck the trend of re-making the series, instead, opting to continue with the cast that featured in the shows original series and continue on with the storyline though how this may be achieved is still unsure as star Caitlin Stasey is busy filming American fantasy series Reign, and has signed on for Tomorrow When The War Began 2.
Reviews in the states for the show have been positive, likening Thomas and his show to that of Girls star and creator Lena Dunham. The Miami Herald writes “Please Like Me is the brainchild of Australian comic Josh Thomas, based on his own social awkwardness. Not a terribly new idea, but when it’s treated intelligently and enacted by a lovable sad sack named Josh Thomas, it can be irresistible.”
Zap2it.com “Though Thomas may rely on the painfully awkward moments he’s experienced while coming of age (and there are plenty in the first half-hour), he’s crafted a character who is inherently likable. The same can’t really be said for Girls Hannah Horvath — or anyone else in her world”
The best part about all of this? Pivot plan to up the show run from 6 episodes to 10, hopefully allowing a more easy flow to the story and timeline – an issue I found with season one.
Please Like Me is currently airing on the Pivot network, Thursdays at 8pm, and is now available to own on DVD in Australia.