Season 1 of the Emmy®-winning comedy series Girls, Executive Produced by Dunham, Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner, Premieres on CosmoTV


“For its rawness and naturalism, Girls is utter innovation, and that’s why Dunham is entertainer of the year and Girls is the best show of 2012.” – John Doyle, Globe and Mail

“Everything about Girls feels spot-on, which doesn’t come as a surprise since it occupies a rare space as a series about twenty something girls created by a twenty something girl.” – Scott Stinson, National Post

Before the mesh tank top, the Q-tip and the hunky doctor, there was pant-less running, parental shower sex and an ill advised wedding. Subsequent to its highly successful run of Pay television, this July, for the first time on specialty television, Girls makes its debut on Corus Entertainment’s Cosmopolitan TV. Fans and newbies can catch the critically acclaimed and award-winning HBO series from the beginning, uncut and uncensored, when Season 1 premieres with back-to-back episodes on Thursday, July 4 at 9 p.m. ET on CosmoTV. A Free Preview will be available in 6.9 Million Canadian homes between Monday, July 1 and Wednesday, July 31 with participating TV providers.

Created by and starring Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture), Girls takes a comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of women in their early 20s.  Dunham, Judd Apatow, Jenni Konner, Ilene S. Landress and Bruce Eric Kaplan executive produce the show.

This series will be supported with a marketing campaign that will include a Girls contest with a grand prize of a trip for two to New York City to attend a Girls red carpet premiere event. Viewers can go to to enter beginning Monday, July 1. The contest winner will be announced on-air during the final episode on Thursday, August 1.

Meet the Girls:

Hannah (Lena Dunham, Tiny Furniture) is both self-entitled and self-loathing. She believes she has the talent to be a successful writer, but forgets she has to write something first. She wants to have a boyfriend without the obligations of a relationship, and a job without having to work. She’s ultimately good-natured, with a spirited sense of humour. But every time Hannah is about to improve her circumstances, her cluelessness undercuts her.

Marnie (Allison Williams, American Dreams), Hannah’s roommate and best friend, is a Type A personality with strict rules about friendship. She is a foil to Hannah and has both a job and a serious boyfriend. But while she may have it together on the surface, underneath it all she is as lost and uncertain as everyone else.

Jessa (Jemima Kirke, Tiny Furniture) is a live-and-let-live bohemian who’s allergic to anything she views as bourgeois. She wants a life less ordinary and has travelled extensively. She’s had lots of different jobs and lots of different boyfriends, but her apparent lack of fear belies her own kind of insecurity.

Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet, Mad Men), Jessa’s roommate and cousin, aspires to the “Sex and the City” lifestyle. She’s an NYU student obsessed with “women’s issues,” gluten-free foods and sexcentric self-help. The others tend to underestimate her because she’s suburban and innocent, but Shoshanna can be a surprisingly insightful source of wisdom.

Girls cast also includes Adam Driver (Angels in America on Broadway, HBO’s You Don’t Know Jack) and recurring guest stars Chris Abbott (Martha Marcy May Marlene) and Alex Karpovsky (Tiny Furniture).

Lena Dunham directed five of the 10 episodes of Girls. Other directors on the show include Jody Lee Lipes (cinematographer on Martha Marcy May Marlene and Tiny Furniture), Jesse Peretz (Our Idiot Brother) and Richard Shepard (The Matador, Emmy® winner for Ugly Betty).

In addition to Dunham, who wrote or co-wrote every episode of the show, writers on Girls include Judd Apatow (Knocked Up), Bruce Eric Kaplan (HBO’s Six Feet Under) and Jenni Konner (Help Me Help You, In the Motherhood, Undeclared).

Cosmopolitan TV showcases a mix of entertainment and lifestyle programming, ranging from comedy and drama series to relationship and Red Hot Reality programming to blockbuster movies. Its website,, offers Cosmo girls everywhere a backstage pass to men, sex, and style: viewers can check out the latest programming info, contribute to the message boards and go behind the scenes at CosmoTV’s flagship magazine show Oh So Cosmo. Cosmopolitan TV is a partnership between Corus Entertainment Inc. and Hearst Corporation.

About Corus Entertainment Inc.
Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing, children’s animation and animation software. The Company’s multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada), ABC Spark, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), CosmoTV, Sundance Channel (Canada), Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press, Toon Boom and radio stations including CKNW AM 980, 99.3 The FOX, Country 105, 630 CHED, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience Corus on the web at

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