Former Lenny Letter writer Zinzi Clemmons denounces Lena Dunham, accuses her of "hipster racism"

The backlash against Lena Dunham’s since-retracted message of support for a Girls writer accused of sexual assault deepened today, when a writer for Dunham’s Lenny Letter newsletter openly denounced her now-former boss. Novelist Zinzi Clemmons (author of What We Lose) posted a letter on Twitter early this morning,…

How realistic are the NYC apartments in TV shows, besides “not”?

Maybe it’s because they’re clueless or maybe it’s because it’s just easier to shoot in a big, open apartment, but the TV industry has a habit of situating its financially struggling city dwellers in domiciles far beyond their means. The problem extends far beyond the Friends of this world, as even a critically…

HBO gathers all of its characters together just so John Oliver can make fun of them

HBO’s rolling out a new brand campaign centered around the idea that the channel is “what connects us.” To help demonstrate this idea of connectivity, it gathered up 61 stars from its numerous shows and had them do their best interpretation of the “ahh” that accompanies the staticky prelude HBO places before each…

Robyn puts out a new song with a Girls twist

Robyn has a new song, but there’s a catch: If you want to preview it, you’re going to also have to listen to Girls dialogue. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but just be warned you’re not getting pure, unadulterated Robyn. The Swedish pop star’s “Honey”—a swelling track—debuted over the closing credits of Sunday’s…

Girls leans on its most irritating elements in one of its weakest episodes to date

“Full Disclosure” is one of the oddest, lumpiest half-hours Girls has ever turned out, an episode equally comprising the show’s most and least appealing elements. It’s an episode that could only exist within the final season, when it’s acceptable for a show this character-driven to suddenly make big plot moves to get…