It took a 26-year-old auteur, Lena Dunham, to lure Judd Apatow back to television.
“This is the first time I’ve done television since 2001 or 2002,” said Apatow at the Television Critics Association Press Tour earlier this year. “I really wasn’t interested. I was hurt, I was wounded—and sad. The only good television experience I’d had was with HBO working on The Larry Sanders Show. So I knew HBO was the best place to be. What Jenni and Lena were scheming was up my alley. I love underdogs and people making awful mistakes. There is a female geekdom to the show. Lena and Jenni are running the show. I’ve been able to give notes and advice.”