July 29th was surely a memorable day for Lauren Iungerich. The young screenwriter who was previously known for Ten Things I Hate About You, addressed critics on stage with a panel for her brand new MTV series, Awkward. but while she was up there, she got a pleasant, though public, surprise. MTV announced they were picking up her other pilot, Dumb Girls. Though everyone in the room cheered (because even critics aren’t that heartless), no one really knew anything about the project. Other than its creator, of course. Until now.
“It’s my theory that the smartest girls are the dumbest in relationships, hence the title Dumb Girls,” Iungerich told LA TV Insider Examiner. “And boys are dumb girls, too!”
As much fun as Iungerich is currently having with Awkward., it is a very specific slice of life at one point in your life. Dumb Girls will skew just a tad older, as it is a “fun and irreverant look at sex and relationships in your early twenties.” Iungerich compared the tone of the project to a more female centric The Hangover and pointed out that it will be much more of a comedy, while Awkward. skews on the dramaedy side despite it being in the half-hour format.
Iungerich has said that she really enjoys writing the male teenagers of Awkward. because it is not often you get to see complicated and sensitive kids in that demographic, and we would argue the same might be true of the slightly older set. Everyone is posturing at that age. So, like her current project, Dumb Girls will also feature rich characters of both the male and female sex.
“[Dumb Girls] is basically broken down like this: every dumb girl needs a dumb female friend who enables her behavior. Someone who’s like ‘Yeah, you can call him three more times, and then if he doesn’t return your phone call, you can text him!’ And then every dumb girl needs a male best friend who gives her advice that she never listens to because what the f*** would he know? And then she needs another male friend who’s [worse] socially than she is, and that would be her project,” Iungerich explained.
“It’s the notion of when you graduate from college, and you establish your own life, and you’re out of the comfort zone of your parents and credit cards, you sort of find your own family. Your friends become your family.”
In the pilot episode, we will see the lead character of Michelle (casting still to be determined, and Iungerich admitted she didn’t write the role with anyone in particular in mind) in a “really jacked situation” and then we will flashback to learn how she got there. Right now MTV only ordered the pilot, but should it go to series, Iungerich shared that this would be the format for each episode.
“In the pilot, she’s in a relationship that hasn’t been defined,” she continued. “They’ve had sex maybe three or four times– maybe five because fifth time he put the tip in…But I think it’s a fun examination of all different stages of relationships– the different dynamics and the foibles that make you screw it up. It’s different than Awkward. in that way.”
Iungerich has said that there is “a little piece of her” in just about every character in Awkward., but when it comes to Dumb Girls, every character is based on someone she actually does know. She’s not worried about them realizing and getting mad, though, after all “Neil Simon used to write about his mother all of the time, and she never knew; she was always like ‘That woman’s crazy’!”
Plus, we have to imagine it’s kind of flattering to see yourself reflected on television, even if what you’re seeing is not necessarily your best side!
So what do you think? Are you intrigued enough to tune into Dumb Girls? And who do you think should be cast as the four friends? Sound off in the comments below!
Awkward. airs on MTV on Tuesday nights at 11pm (You can learn more about the first season here). If MTV does push Dumb Girls through to series (jumping the gun, we know!), we hope they will pair it with a second season of Awkward. (also still TBA) so that she can have a whole block dedicated to her work, ala The CW’s plan for fall 2011.
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