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    We Need Girlfriends

    Fans of “Flight of the Concords” and “The Office,” gear up for what will certainly be the next addictive television series. CBS has recently announced that it purchased the online series, “We Need Girlfriends.” The low-budget series is based on the lives of three real college roommates, Steven Tsapelas, Angel Acevedo, and Brian Amyot, who struggle to uncover the mysteries of girls, dating, and relationships. The series chronicles the lives of three post-college guys living together in a small apartment in Queens. Each character, who represents Tsapelas and his roommates, brings a unique dynamic to the show that will quickly have you hooked. Henry (Seth Kirschner), who is somewhat the leader of the group, is the stereotypical nerd with thick-rimmed glasses and a passion for wrestling figurines. Tom (Patrick Cohen) is the tall, gangly sidekick that has just broken up with his girlfriend and is constantly perplexed about why girls aren’t interested in a guy who likes to engage in intellectual conversation. The third roommate, Rod (Evan Bass), who never leaves the house without his aviator sunglasses, is the master when it comes to seducing the ladies (or so he thinks). In the 11-episode series, the guys spend their time trying to develop new schemes that will get them girlfriends, or at least a kiss. In one episode, Tom is crushed when Rod and Henry wake him up in the middle of the night to tell him that his ex-girlfriend has just changed her Myspace status to “in a relationship.” Upon witnessing Tom’s desperate state, Rod and Henry attempt to help make his ex jealous by jazzing up his Myspace page and uploading new pictures of Tom awkwardly posing with random girls. In another episode, Henry is finally about to make the first move on a girl. An envious Rod, who is in a constant competition with Henry over who is better, coerces Tom to crash a party with him so they can meet girls. Rod tells Tom to make random noises and sounds at girls but Tom sticks to his gut and perches himself against the wall waiting to strike up a long-winded conversation with the next girl who walks by. With all three guys spitting their best game, it is hilarious and at times almost unbearable watching who will fail first. Episode 4 of the series, “Henry Vs. Rod,” is in my opinion one of the best. In this episode Rod’s rather large ego and incessant antagonizing has finally got the best of Henry. The two friends start a battle that continues throughout the series over who is better. Rod even goes as far as making t-shirts that say “Team Henry” and “Team Rod” on the front and a picture of their heads smack in the middle. Rod resorts to immature tactics, like calling all three girls that Henry kissed in his lifetime and inviting them over to the apartment to show them Henry’s wrestling figurine collection. Henry’s tactics, on the other hand, seem to be weak, but in the end he just may be the one who succeeds. The creators of “We Need Girlfriends” say that they got their inspiration from watching the characters of “Entourage” pick up girls left and right, while for them, even talking to girls was a struggle. But with a pilot episode in the works and a possible hit series on the way, finding girls should not be a problem for much longer. To check out episodes for free online log onto www.weneedgirlfriends.tv and be sure to keep a lookout for the series’ public release.

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