August 03, 2011 3:15pm PT by Marisa Guthrie
'Two Broke Girls' Is Not PG Version of 'Sex And The City'
BEVERLY HILLS -- This isn’t the first time Two Broke Girls star Kat Dennings has worked with executive producer Michael Patrick King.
But Dennings only had a brush with King when she landed a guest-starring role on an episode of King’s Sex and the City.
“I played ‘blow job Bar Mitzvah girl,’ ” she told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour. “It changed my life.”
King achieved hero status among 30-something single women with overextended credit cards and a closet full of Jimmy Choo shoes. But he cautions that Broke Girls – about two 20-something waitresses living in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn – is not the PG-version of SATC. Whitney Cummings, a former stand-up comedian who stars in an eponymous multi-camera comedy on NBC this fall, is also an executive producer on Broke Girls.
SATC, said King, “was about girls in the 30s, those girls [had] relationship checklists. These girls barely have [pay] checks.
“The basis of [Broke Girls] is heart,” he added. “When I was on HBO I had full reign to show whatever I wanted. Sex And The City was never pornographic. It was romantic and funny. We don’t go after a joke for shock value.”
King described Broke Girls as “spicy” and “outrageous” with a “contemporary edge.”
Dennings (Thor, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) said she can relate to her character’s hardscrabble situation.
“We didn’t have any money when I was growing up” in Bryn Mawr, near Philadelphia, she said. “I was home-schooled. I used to get all my films from the library. I wasn’t allowed to watch TV growing up.”
Cummings chimed in: “But you were allowed to give blow jobs on Sex And The City?”