Sunday, April 21, 2024

“Girls”: Shoshanna Will Get Parents in New Season, Why Not Cast Her Own?


Almost of all of Lena Dunham’s “Girls” principals have fictional parents. Peter Scolari is Hannah’s dad. Rita Wilson is Marnie’s mom. Now the show is casting for Shoshanna’s parents for Season 4.

That’s right. Zosia Mamet’s character is getting a mother and a father. But of course, Mamet has two famous parents who could play the characters named– and I can reveal this here– Mel and Melanie. Playwright David Mamet and actress Lindsay Crouse created Zosia 20 odd years ago.

Shoshanna’s dad, Mel, is described according to a source as a “disheveled Jersey guy now living on Long Island, passionate about old time rock n’ roll, Snackwells cookies and classic sitcoms. Living but vacant, with a vaguely cheesy sense of humor.”

Snackwells, really? They seem so 1999. I think he and Melanie would be lapping up Skinny Cow ice cream.

Shoshanna’s mom, Melanie is supposed to be “a career woman with a lot of rage.”  My source says Melanie “considers herself the superior of almost everyone she meets and has very little sense of the effect she’s having on other
people, most notably her daughter.” Melanie dresses like an Upper West Side Earth mother, too.

Mamet senior and Crouse sound perfect for these roles! Call ’em in!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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