Sunday nights will get a little more consistent on HBO.
The network has announced that they are renewing True Blood, Entourage and Hung for new seasons in 2010. The announcement was made earlier by HBO’s programming chief Michael Lombardo at the TCA press tour in Pasadena, CA.
And for good reason: all three shows have been ratings successes so far. True Blood, for one, has become the network’s biggest show, after being some sort of a sleeper hit during its first season last year. The Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer starrer is averaging close to 4 million viewers in premiere airings on Sunday nights; the figure grows to 10 million viewers once you toss in repeats and on-demand viewing.
The announcement also gives Entourage a seventh season, after its sixth gave the show better ratings. Hung, which stars Thomas Jane and Jane Adams, has also started strong just four weeks after its premiere, already taking in close to 3 million viewers in premiere screenings.
HBO also announced premiere dates for two of its comedies. Curb Your Enthusiasm will premiere its seventh season on Sunday, September 20, from 9pm, and will feature episodes with the principal cast of Seinfeld. Following that is Jason Schwartzman’s comedy Bored to Death, which revolves around an unlucky writer who works as a private detective.
– Henrik Batallones, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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