Broad City
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Comedy Central has renewed emerging hit series “Broad City” for a third season, just hours before the show’s sophomore turn on the network is set to debut.

The Viacom-owned outlet said it would pick up ten more episodes of the show, an odd-couple comedy about two best friends navigating their early 20s in New York despite less-than-auspicious circumstances. The second season  is slated to return on the network with new episodes this evening at 10:30 p.m. Eastern.

Comedy Central said “Broad City” was the number one show in cable in its time slot among men between 18 and 34 during its first season on the air, and also the number-one new comedy on cable in 2014 among the same demographic.  “Broad City” is created by stars Abbi  Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, who executive produce along with Amy Poehler, 3 Arts’ Dave Becky, Sam Saifer and Tony Hernandez. The show is, co-executive produced by Eric Slovin.

The network’s interest in additional seasons of the series shows its interest in developing female talent as well as male. While Comedy Central’s core demographic is young men, the network has made strides in series with women at the center, including “Inside Amy Schumer,” which has won critical plaudits.

“It has just been brought to my attention that ‘Broad City’ is a female-centric show, but we’re going to do more anyway,” said Kent Alterman, president of content development and original programming at Comedy Central, in a statement.

Joining Jacobson and Glazer as series regulars are Hannibal Buress, Arturo Castro, Paul Downs, John Gemberling, Chris Gethard and Stephen Schneider. Guest stars during the second season include Bob Balaban, Aidy Bryant, Patricia Clarkson, Susie Essman, Janeane Garofalo, Kumail Nanjiani, Kelly Ripa, Seth Rogen, Amy Ryan, Alia Shawkat and David Wain.

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