02 February, 2010

The Duchess Anticipates . . .

"How to Make it in America," a new series by HBO



Although the Duchess's hectic schedule permits little time for watching the tube, she eagerly awaits the premiere (12 more days!) of HBO's new series, "How to Make it in America." Per HBO, the show "follows two enterprising Brooklyn twenty-somethings as they hustle their way through New York City, determined to achieve the American Dream."

The Marchioness (who sneaked a preview) describes it as "vibey," "youthful," and "energized," and pronounces "there is nothing like it on television today." As the Marchioness never lets the Duchess down, you may take these statements as fact, dear readers.

(Bryan Greenberg)

Trying to make a name for themselves in New York's competitive fashion scene, Ben Epstein ("Prime"'s Bryan Greenberg) and his friend and business partner Cam Calderon (Victor Rasuk) use their street knowledge and connections to bring their ambitions to fruition. With the help of Cam's cousin Rene (Luis Guzman), who is trying to market his own high-energy drink, and their well-connected friend Domingo ("Kid Cudi"), the entrepreneurs set out to make it big, encountering obstacles along the way that will require all their ingenuity to overcome.

(Greenberg and Rasuk)

"How to Make It in America" also stars Lake Bell as Ben's ex-girlfriend Rachel, who is concentrating on her own career and a new relationship; Martha Plimpton ("Beautiful Girls," "200 Cigarettes") as Rachel's boss Edie, an eccentric interior designer; Shannyn Sossamon ("40 Days and 40 Nights," "The Holiday") as Gingy, Ben and Cam's artsy friend; and Eddie Kaye Thomas ("Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist," "American Pie") as David Kaplan, a successful hedge fund manager and high school friend of Ben's.

(The lovely Shannyn Sossamon)

Creator and first-time writer Ian Edelman is collaborating with Emmy nominee Rob Weiss ("Entourage") on many of the show's scripts. The pilot and other episodes of the show are being directed by Julian Farino. Additional writers and directors will be announced as they are confirmed.

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