No, we never thought we’d write the above headline either. But in case you missed Claudia Dreyfus’s brilliant interview with the CBS award-winning sitcom’s EP and script writers Eric Kaplan in The New York Times the other day, you really need to know that he is not trying to make the show about stereotypes. “Listen, it’s a story, not a thesis about how everyone is,” said Mr. Kaplan, in just about the most perfect excuse for a show ever given.
And then there was some Chuck Lorre-loving, which makes the whole interview sound like foreshadowing for a Charlie Sheen-level implosion on the production pretty soon.
Last week, Jesse David Fox and Sarah Frank of Vulture slapped a camera on and ventured all the way out to Greenpoint. Why? Because the customers of Cafe Grumpy aren’t going to interview themselves about Girls! (False.)
But in between depressing responses from baristas–”I had a customer come down from Canada, and he visited Grumpy’s because he saw the cafe on Girls“– and obnoxious responses from hipster residents–”We don’t think of it as this cool neighborhood…well, it is a cool neighborhood, but we don’t think of it as like, this like, entity. It’s just Brooklyn”– there was a moment of pure, undiluted honesty. One man, just one, was brave enough to speak his real feelings about Lena Dunham’s program. That man was Charlie Dugan.
The Emmy nominations are set to be announced tomorrow, and all eyes in coffee shops and traffic-thirsty blogs will be on the fate of Girls. Let’s predict what other shows were widely regarded as good this past year!