Lena Dunham and HBO are in business together, again.
HBO has ordered a pilot for a half-hour comedy called Max, set in the magazine industry during the second wave of feminism. The pilot will be directed by Lena Dunham — the creative force behind HBO's hit comedy Girls, the film Tiny Furniture, and the new publication Lenny Letter — and was written by Murray Miller, a Girls writer and executive producer. The production team includes Dunham and Miller, as well as Girls showrunner Jenni Konner and executive producer Ilene Landress.
Lisa Joyce, known for supporting roles on Boardwalk Empire and The Good Wife, will star as an up-and-coming magazine writer who inadvertently finds herself in the center of one of the major civil rights movements of the day.
there will be think pieces
Girls has garnered critical acclaim, but its validity as an inclusive portrait of modern femininity and feminism has also been hotly and rightfully debated, guaranteeing that there will be plenty of think pieces to shuffle through when Max's premiere date comes around.
If it is picked up for a full series order, Max will join a long list of female lead-driven comedies for HBO, including Girls, Emily Mortimer's Doll & Em, Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Veep, Lisa Kudrow's The Comeback, and three more upcoming pilots starring Sarah Silverman, Whitney Cummings, and YouTube comedian Issa Rae.