HBO is loving the lady comedies. Following a second-season renewal for the extremely low-rated Laura Dern comedy Enlightened
, the network has renewed freshman comedies Girls
for second seasons. Veep
premiered last week with nearly 1.4 million viewers. The show follows a do-nothing, foul-mouthed vice president played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus. It's genuinely funny, and I'm quite excited that HBO has given the show a second term.
I'm less excited about the renewal of Girls
, which premiered with less than one million viewers and its second episode was nearly the same. Despite early critical buzz (not from me), there was a sizeable viewer backlash against the unlikeability of the show, particularly its star and creator, Lena Dunham.For me, the problem isn't just that the character is unlikeable
, it's that she's painfully boring and pathetic. She thinks her life is worthy of a memoir, but the truth is that her completely ordinary life isn't worthy of a book or a TV show. The character's inflated sense of self worth is mirrored by the closing credits, where Dunham's name appears so many times you assume you're watching a film student's home movie where they credit themselves for catering and costume design.
Either way, renewing both of these comedies, along with Enlightened
, shows that HBO is all about female-centric comedies. This is a huge departure from the network's recent history, as male sitcoms like Entourage
, Bored to Death
and Eastbound and Down dominated HBO.
will have 10-episode second seasons sometime in the future. They currently air Sundays at 10pm and 10:30pm on HBO.
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