Pickup is latest of recent slate of series extensions
HBO has given a third-season renewal to laffer “Hung.” TNT, meanwhile, is close to a deal with Warner Horizon TV to renew its Southern-flavored cop show “Memphis Beat” for a second season.“Hung,’ which wraps its second season on Sept. 12, has been averaging 2.5 million viewers for its combined Sunday telecasts and a gross aud of 6.7 million for the week when video on demand, DVR usage and later repeats are added. HBO has ordered another 10 episodes of the half-hour laffer about a Detroit high school coach who makes extra money as a male prostitute. Skein stars Thomas Jane, Anne Heche and Jane Adams and is exec produced by Colette Burson, Dmitry Lipkin, Alexander Payne, Michael Rosenberg, Scott Stephens, Noreen Halpern and John Morayniss. “Hung” will return to HBO’s sked next year. “Memphis Beat” features Jason Lee as a brilliant police detective who has an intimate connection with the city he serves and a deep love of its musical history. Skein has performed respectably for TNT, picking up steam since its June 22 debut. It’s the second original frosh series of the summer to garner a sophomore sesh from TNT, following on the heels of the breakout hit “Rizzoli and Isles.” “Beat” hails from George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures banner. Skein was created by the husband-and-wife team of Liz Garcia and Josh Harto, who exec produce along with Clooney, Heslov, John Fortenberry and Scott Kaufer. Series co-stars Alfre Woodard, DJ Qualls, Celia Weston and Sam Hennings.
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