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U. of Iowa officials to HBO: No 'Girls' allowed

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Officials have declined to let HBO film some scenes of its "Girls" show on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City because the storyline would have made the university look bad, officials say.

A plot twist on the hit comedy show has the main character accepted to the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the school, according to the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

HBO wanted to film on location, but university officials said no, saying the filming would be disruptive and tarnish the college's reputation.

"I felt the storyline places the university and community in an unfavorable light," Joe Brennan, the university's vice president of strategic communication, told KWWL.

One of the show's writers, Sarah Heyward, has attended the workshop.

The university decision disappointed Josh Schamberger, who is director of the area's convention and visitors bureau. Schamberger says he thinks "it would be tremendous for Iowa City to be featured so prominently on a very, very popular show on HBO."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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