Everything We Know About Lena Dunham's New Feminist HBO Show "Max"
Lena Dunham's application into the feminism hall of fame is already loaded: She's the creator, writer, and star of HBO's "Girls," which has tackled issues like abortion, body image, and every type of female relationship. Her memoir,"Not That Kind of Girl," spoke honestly and personally about sexual assault and date rape — and faced down controversy head-on. Nearly everything she says or shares on social media could be needle-pointed on feminist pillows (prime example found here). And her new email newsletter, Lenny Letter, makes sure that feminism is at the forefront of your inbox and your brain every morning (thanks to essays like Jennifer Lawrence's stand on gender and wage inequality.) But Dunham isn't stopping there: Her new creation, the television show "Max," just got a pilot order from HBO.
So what do we know so far about "Max"? For starters, feminism is once again the driving theme. The Mad Men-era comedy is set in 1963, and follows the struggles of second-wave feminism through the eyes of low-level magazine employee Maxine Woodruff. Woodruff, who will be played by Lisa Joyce (you've seen her on Billy & Billie), is described as enthusiastic, ambitious, and a bit misguided (sound familiar?). The show will follow her at work and in life as she discovers the burgeoning civil rights movement. Intrigued? Us too. Adding to our interest level is the fact that the Dunham is bringing along several of her "Girls" colleagues to make it happen: She'll direct and executive produce with producers Jenni Konner, Murray Miller, and Ilene Landress of "Girls."
It's also worth noting that Dunham's "Max" sounds very similar to another in-development show we're ultra-excited for: Amazon's "The Good Girls Revolt," starring Anna Camp. The show, discovered thanks to Megan Angelo's trip down an Instagram rabbit hole, follows a group of female magazine staffers at a Newsweek-style publication who, in 1969, go on a crusade for equal treatment in the workplace. (It's based on this memoir by Lynn Povich.) It might be too soon to call 1960s feminism the latest trend in television — but this is definitely a wave (however small) that we can get behind.
Watch Dunham's exclusive MAKERS story in the video above.
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