The season 8 runner-up will return to the stage that launched his career one week before the 2012 finale.
"Girls" and "Veep" have been renewed by HBO. The cable network has given second season pick-ups to both shows, with 10 episodes each.
"Girls," which was created, produced, directed, written by and stars Lena Dunham, follows four girls -- Hannah (Dunham), Marnie (Allison Williams), Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) -- struggling to find their way in New York City. Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner serve as executive producers alongside 25-year-old Dunham. According to HBO, its gross audience to date is 3.8 million viewers.
"Girls" has been one of the most buzzed about series of the year. The comedy was criticized for its portrayal of New York, namely the lack of diversity amongst its actors. After a big publicity push, the series faced some serious backlash from viewers, but Apatow told The Huffington Post he welcomes it.
"We wanted it," he said. "That's the point of it, really. It's supposed to be a comedy about women in New York who are really smart, but their lives are a mess. They know they should be doing great things, but they don't know what it is, and they have kind of a feeling of self-entitlement about it. That's the joke of the show."
"Veep" hails from "In The Loop" co-writer Armando Iannucci and stars "Seinfeld's" Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Vice President Selina Meyer with Tony Hale and Anna Chlumsky in supporting roles. "Veep's" gross audience to date is 3.7 million viewers. But critics haven't fallen in love with the series. HuffPost TV's Maureen Ryan said "Veep" "simply isn't particularly fresh or funny, and most of its jokes are telegraphed from a long way away."
What do you think these shows could improve in their respective Season 2's? Will you tune in? Let us know in the comments below.
"Girls" airs Sundays at 10:30 p.m. ET and "Veep" airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on HBO.
This season of "Castle" (Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC) has been a season full of big secrets: Castle (Nathan Fillion) tried to keep information from Beckett about her mother's murder to keep her safe, and Beckett (Stana Katic) refused to acknowledge those three little words that Castle said to her when she was shot.
Leading up to the Season 4 finale (Mon., May 7), this week's "Castle" takes a lighter turn with the April 30th episode, "Undead Again," where a murder case's prime suspects are zombies. But don't think that a zombie apocalypse is a gimmick to distract us from what's been happening between Castle and Beckett, and what needs to happen in the big finale. "Castle" boss Andrew Marlowe says this episode does exactly the opposite.
"We can't step out of time and space and pretend it's not going on," Marlowe told HuffPost TV. "So acknowledging it here gets us to an interesting place for the finale."
Marlowe teased the action that brings Castle and Beckett closer again, rediscovering what makes them a good team. "That rediscovery gives their relationship a little growth," he said, adding, "Of course, we knock that on its ass in the finale."
Keep reading for more scoop on this fun episode from Marlowe, and check back later in the week for more "Castle" Season 4 finale scoop.
Zombies on "Castle" -- it's about time!
It is about time. I mean, I know that the fans have been calling out for zombies since the first season. They were really looking forward to our characters getting together, with zombies -- that's what I've been hearing. [Laughs.]
Yes! A hookup is even hotter with flesh-eating, end-of-the-world kind of stuff.
Of course! That's what people want -- I've seen the numbers on "The Walking Dead"; I know that that's what the audience is clamoring for.
[Laughs.] So what can we expect from the episode?
You know, it's a fun episode that comes in the middle of a really interesting trajectory for Castle and Beckett that we started in "47 Seconds." We advertise this as our "season of secrets" where Beckett hasn't revealed that she heard Castle say "I love you," and Castle hasn't revealed to her the mysterious goings on in her mother's murder and that conspiracy case, with him being told, "You can't look into it -- you have to steer her away." And so, in "47 Seconds" when the bomb went off, we had the metaphoric bomb of Castle discovering that Beckett had been keeping that secret, and we've had a couple of episodes where we've really put the two of them on the outs. You know, Castle showing up at a crime scene with a date, and then the next episode, he's out investigating with another cop. Both really fun, interesting shows, but both also showing the cracks in the Castle-Beckett relationship.
Castle clearly is acting out, and is clearly punishing her, whether he realizes it or not. And I think when we start the zombie episode, there's a little bit of a realization that things aren't working between the two of them -- should things go on between the two of them, or should we just call it a day? But dealing with zombies, there's just so much fun to be had that, in a way, through that episode, they rediscover each other and rediscover the fun they have on their cases together, and each other's value. That rediscovery gives their relationship a little growth ... of course, we knock that on its ass in the finale when all the secrets that we've been keeping eventually come out.
With these two characters, where a lot of their conversations have been in subtext and their feelings have been subterranean, they are forced to -- because of the nature of the case, and the nature of where the characters are going -- reveal everything. Not only how they feel about one another, but also how they feel about being betrayed by the other one. It puts us in really interesting ground to be able to deal with that.
The zombie episode, as fun as it sounds, gets to a very credible place at the end of it, as we did with the episode where it seemed like the murderer was aliens from outer space -- we like, at the end of the episode, to come back to a very credible place. But we do have a lot of fun with the zombie genre and Castle and Beckett start to discover the spark that they've been missing for the last several episodes. It's really fun to watch that -- really gratifying.
Here's the official episode description:
"Undead Again" -- When Castle and Beckett investigate the murder of a man with human bite marks on his body, Castle's wild theories start flying. But none are as wild as what their only witness insists happened - a Zombie attack. As the evidence pointing towards an undead assailant piles up, the team plunges into New York's Zombie subculture to find the killer and bring him in -- dead, undead or alive.
Tell us: Are you excited for zombies on "Castle"? And, more importantly, to see Castle and Beckett reignite the spark between them?
Plus, here's more of what to watch this week:
Dance with Somebody: Let's all work through our emotions about upcoming graduation by singing Whitney Houston songs. And then next week we can work through our emotions about upcoming Flag Day by singing the songs of A-ha.
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Georgina Chapman: The models walk in front of some legit fashion people, and don Hello Kitty couture for their photo shoot.
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The episode paid homage to late writer David Foster Wallace's famous essay about a luxury cruise vacation.
The freshman series each receive new 10-episode orders following strong ratings and critical approval.
Only three episodes into their first seasons, HBO has renewed both Girls and Veep for sophomore years!In a press release today, the "it's not TV; it's HBO" network has committed to a ten...
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This episode provided much to talk about: Where does one compromise on their dreams, does Mom really know best and most of all, can Sally wear make-up?
This episode was all about the changing role of women in the '60s. As women became more empowered over the seasons, with it comes a change in wardrobe. We've discussed in depth Peggy's workwear misfires (from frumpy men's shirts in an attempt to look more authoritative to the overly girlish dress worn for her Heinz presentation) along with Megan's emergence as a style icon -- but we've left out one amazing stylistically evolving character.
Miss Sally Draper.
Sally is in that awkward in-between moment of being a little girl and being a teenager. Today, this would be called a 'tween,' but thankfully that word hadn't entered our lexicon yet. But back in 1966, it would've been a challenge to find clothing that would fit (and be appropriate for) a pre-teen. The kids department is too small and juvenile, while the Junior's/Misses department is too mature.
At home, we see her in casual ensembles of tees and denim cut-offs, which nicely solves the problem. But for Don's big awards dinner, what do you do?
Apparently, you go for the Courreges "space look" complete with a silver lamé mini dress, metallic makeup and white patent leather go-go boots. Don predictably did not approve of this "mini-Megan" ensemble.
And here's the key theme of the episode: The expectations of women by their parents. With this futuristic ensemble, she's ready to go up in the world, right down to her (short) heeled boots. (And did this look inspire Megan's Heinz campaign idea, about the mother feeding beans to her space-kid?) Don, however, would rather stay much more down to earth.
So, off with the make-up. And later, on with the traumatizing glimpse of her step-grandmother in the act with Roger. Both ways of saying: "You're not ready for the grown-up table, yet."
Meanwhile, Peggy dressed up for a quasi-disappointment, Megan looked regal at night and Joan makes a memorable appearance. To see these highlights (and more!), click through our slideshow.
And don't forget to come back next Monday for the episode 8 installment of our "Mad Men" style recap!