University of Iowa rejects HBO’s 'Girls' from filming on campus

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  • The season three finale saw Hannah Horvath, played by Lena Dunham, accepted to the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop.
  • The university declined to allow the series to film on campus because of the potential for disruption and "the storyline placed the university and the community in an unfavorable light."
  • While the season finale of Girls concluded with Hannah Horvath’s acceptance into the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop, the HBO show was rejected in real life.

    On the dramatic third season finale, Hannah, played by show creator Lena Dunham, found out that she had been accepted into Iowa’s prestigious Master of Fine Arts program, and the episode ends with her clutching her acceptance letter and smiling. But after reviewing HBO’s script, university administrators have denied the network’s request to film on campus.

    “I made the decision to deny HBO’S request to shoot some scenes on our campus for two reasons: the potential for disruption to university operations, and because after reviewing the script I felt that the storyline placed the university and the community in an unfavorable light,” Vice President of Strategic Communication Joe Brennan told Campus Reform.

    Even without revealing the season four plot, it’s no secret the hit HBO comedy-drama following four twenty-somethings in New York City has its fair share of drugs, nudity, strong language and controversy. What came as a surprise was the implementation of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop to the school’s program employees.

    “It was a complete surprise to me that we would be part of the season cliffhanger,” Program Director Samantha Chang said.

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    Kaitlyn Schallhorn

    Kaitlyn Schallhorn

    Former Reporter

    Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a reporter with Campus Reform. Prior to joining Campus Reform, Kaitlyn was a reporter at Red Alert Politics and covered business and restaurants for the Alexandria Times.  

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