“After reviewing the script, I felt the storyline placed the city and university in an unfavorable light, and considering the potential for disruption, I made the decision to deny the request,” university vice president of strategic communication Joe Brennan explained to the Iowa City Press Citizen. “I won’t share details as I don’t think it fair to reveal the plot in advance. I understand this is a popular show, but it’s my job to safeguard the reputation of the university.”
At the end of “Girls” Season 3, Dunham’s character of Hannah Horvath was accepted into the University of Iowa’s prestigious Writers’ Workshop. She will presumably spend at least some time there in Season 4 — although probably not the full two years standard for the program.
Not everyone in Iowa City agrees with the university’s decision. The director of the area’s Convention & Visitors Bureau, Josh Schamberger, told the Press Citizen that the University was missing a chance at an important “economic impact.” “From a community standpoint, I think it would be tremendous for Iowa City to be featured so prominently on a very, very popular show on HBO,” he said in a statement.
There has been no word yet on where else “Girls” might choose to shoot if the University of Iowa does not change its mind.