Judd Apatow has been beloved by TV audiences since the days of his cancelled-too-soon TV shows, Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared. When those shows ended, Apatow concentrated on feature films for a long time, but right now, he’s got a television hat trick, with HBO’s Girls and Crashing, as well as the Love TV series on Netflix.
The prolific EP is talking the end of the Girls TV show, which kicked off its sixth and final season on HBO, on February 12th. The comedy stars Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, and Adam Driver.
Speaking with Ethan Alter for Yahoo TV, Apatow admits it is good to be writing toward the conclusion of the long-running series. He also talks about the challenges of sustaining a storyline, when the end date is still unknown. Here is more, from Yahoo:
Yahoo TV: Going into this last season of Girls, it must have been nice knowing that everyone was working toward a definitive endpoint.
Judd Apatow: It’s always fun to work on the last season of the series, because when you work on a show, you’re always trying to slow things down. There’s a natural momentum toward things working out or crashing, and you don’t want a lot of those things to happen, because if they do, the show is over! So it’s nice when you can do them, because you are actually ending the show. Some of the difficulty with this show was figuring out how to let the characters mature, and the rate at which they’re maturing. Last season, knowing that it was the second-to-last season, we were able to have fun with them getting a little bit smarter. Or, if they were stuck, it felt even worse because they’re reaching the end of their 20s and things still aren’t working out. That’s what happens with friends — some people get their lives together, and others just spin out and crash.
As you build toward the finale, how definitive will the conclusion be? Will there be some open-ended questions left for fans to think about?
Well, you can’t get definitive when you end a TV show. One thing that I keep thinking is that the end of The Sopranos is genius. Because there’s really no end for these characters; unless they all go down in a shipwreck, they’re going to live on, and we’re not going to know what happens afterward. And The Sopranos ending really captured that. As we worked on this season, I thought a lot about how different shows ended, and I think that the ending of this season of Girls is very interesting, and hopefully people will like it. But there’s almost no way to satisfy everybody, because people have their own hopes and dreams for what will happen to these characters.
What do you think? Are you a fan of the Girls TV show? Do you think it’s ending at the right time, or should it have been renewed for season seven?