Cabler gives second-season renewal to comedies
HBO has given second-season renewals to half-hour comedies “Veep” and “Girls.”“Veep,” starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, is from Armando Iannucci, while Lena Dunham is the creative force behind “Girls” as creator, writer and co-star. Sunday-night skeins are part of a laffer turnaround at the pay cabler, which canceled “Bored to Death,” “How to Make It in America” and “Hung” earlier this year. In its debut telecast April 22, “Veep” drew 1.4 million and 1.7 million for the night. “Girls,” which premiered a week earlier, has averaged 1.1 million across two telecasts over its first two weeks. In gross audiences — repeat telecasts, DVR replays and on demand plays — “Veep” has reached 3.7 million viewers and “Girls” 3.8 million. HBO has ordered 10 episodes for each series. Both shows, of course, benefit from a strong lead-in each week with “Game of Thrones,” the fantasy drama that garnered 4.6 million viewers over two episodes a week ago. “Veep,” about the foibles of the vice president, co-stars Tony Hale and Anna Chlumsky. Iannucci, Christopher Godsick and Frank Rich exec produce. “Girls,” exec produced by Dunham, Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner, examines life in Gotham for struggling twentysomethings. Series co-stars Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke and Zosia Mamet.