HitFix staffers bring you their picks for the most promising talents of the coming year
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Best known for: "Tiny Furniture"
Breakout potential: Dunham, who wrote, directed and starred in her film "Tiny Furniture," which Judd Apatow liked. And Apatow is among the most powerful fans a young comedienne can have, which is why Dunham is now writing, directing and starring in her new HBO comedy "Girls," with Apatow producing. As a zaftig, financially-strapped young writer navigating the sexual mores of Brooklyn, Dunham comes across as a more down-to-earth, likable and funny successor to Carrie Bradshaw, and the show she's created is one of the more promising HBO half-hours in a while. - Alan Sepinwall