Seven-time Emmy nominee Lena Dunham proclaims to Glamour that she may be done with acting after her HBO series “Girls” ends. She says, “I don’t know if I’m going to want to act anymore. I’m always relieved on the days I don’t have to. I’d rather give parts to other women than be the woman having the parts.” Writer Mike Fleming, Jr. hopes “that she’s not serious” because she has “clearly found a niche in a generation of young girls who are trying to find themselves, and trying to feel comfortable in their own skin.” Dunham writes, directs, produces, and acts for the raunchy comedy program. Deadline.
After a 19-month hiatus, FX announces that “Louie” will return on Monday, May 5, for a fourth season. The show will air double episodes for seven straight weeks, making it eligible for this year’s Emmy Awards (the cutoff date is May 31 but allows for hanging episodes into June). Network CEO John Landgraf says that producer/director/writer/star Louis C.K. needed more time between seasons “to make it better” even though it “was the most critically acclaimed television comedy series in America.” TV Guide.
The next round of presenters are announced for Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards on March 29. Hosted by Mark Wahlberg, presenters will include Kaley Cuoco, Lea Michele, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Jim Parsons, Andy Samberg, and Michael Strahan. Previously announced were Will Arnett, Kristen Bell, and Ian Somerhalder. People.
The day after renewing their top comedy, “The Big Bang Theory,” for three more seasons, CBS officially announces the return of almost all series for next year. Drama shows renewed are “Blue Bloods,” “Criminal Minds,” “C.S.I.,” “Elementary,” “The Good Wife,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” and “Person of Interest.” Returning comedies are “Mike and Molly,” “The Millers,” “Mom,” “2 Broke Girls,” and “Two and a Half Men.” Still on the bubble are “The Crazy Ones,” “Hostages,” “Intelligence,” and “The Mentalist.” TV Line.
Called the “Michael Jordan of trailer voice-over guys,” Hal Douglas dies in Virginia at age 89. Due to the flexibility of his voice and longevity of his career, he was one of “the top two or three go-to talents” as well as a voice consultant and coach to many A-list actors. Watch clips of several of his trailers, including “Comedian,” “Coneheads,” “Forrest Gump,” “Lethal Weapon,” and “Philadelphia.” Grantland.
At the recent Roundabout Theater Company’s spring gala in New York, Oscar winner Sam Mendes offers his 25 rules for directors. His overall top rule is to “always choose good collaborators.” Among the others are wise ones (“Learn when to shut up”) to humorous (“If you have the chance, please work with Dame Judi Dench“), to wise and humorous (“Please remember the Oscars are a TV show”). Thompson on Hollywood.
Several second season photos from “Orange is the New Black” are surfacing and they offer clues to what happens next. They are equally comedic and dramatic, offering a look at Piper (Taylor Schilling) in bare-fisted anger on Tiffany (Taryn Manning), Red (Kate Mulgrew) standing her ground, and a mock job fair with several characters. The new season debuts June 6 on Netflix. Entertainment Weekly.
This year’s TCM Classic Film Festival will feature Club TCM, a central gathering point for festival passholders. Special guests in the club will include actresses Kim Novak and Jane Seymour, actor Richard Dreyfuss, musician Quincy Jones, director William Friedkin, editor Thelma Schoonmaker, and composers Carl Davis and Richard Sherman. The 75th anniversary of “Gone with the Wind” will also be celebrated. The 2014 festival is set for April 10-13 in Hollywood. Variety.