Tuning in to TV: Lena Dunham has New Yorker fans going ‘Girls’ crazy at annual festival
A year ago, not many people had heard of Lena Dunham.
This year, in a sign of her stunningly swift path to major fame, the young creator and star of HBO’s “Girls” was one of the top draws of the weekend’s New Yorker Festival, the annual gathering where fans of the magazine flock to hear their favorite authors, actors, directors, artists and politicians interviewed, of course, by their favorite New Yorker writers.
Miss Dunham, 26, whose appearance sold out in the first 20 minutes after tickets went on sale this year, was interviewed by New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum on Sunday, just as word of her seven-figure book deal was emerging, an essay collection to be published by Random House.
The actress also was nominated for multiple Emmys last month. She didn’t win, but she did get a hug from comedian Louis C.K. at the ceremony, and she revealed in an awe-struck voice Sunday that he had said to her, “What you are doing is important.”
Buzz Aldrin has booked a cameo on the comedy, CBS announced. Mr. Aldrin, who in 1969 was aboard the first manned lunar landing flight on Apollo 11, will appear in the Oct. 25 episode, “The Holographic Excitation,” when the gang celebrates Halloween, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The retired astronaut joins a long roster of guest stars to board the Chuck Lorre sitcom. Last season, the series welcomed Leonard Nimoy for a guest turn where he voiced a Spock action figure, as well as Stephen Hawking, who also played himself.
“Star Trek’s” LeVar Burton and Wil Wheaton will return to “Big Bang Theory” for the Nov. 8 episode. The show airs at 8 p.m. Thursdays.