'Girls' and 'Veep' Both Renewed by HBO for Second Seasons

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April 30th, 2012

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HBO Entertainment

Second-season commitment is for ten episodes.

Gross audience to date: 3.8 million viewers.



Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna are trying to figure life out. They’ve been living in New York for a couple of years, but they’re still not sure what they want – from boys, from each other, from themselves. And things aren’t getting any clearer. Created by and starring Lena Dunham (“Tiny Furniture”), GIRLS takes a comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s.




CREATED BY:                        Lena Dunham



PRODUCERS:                        Lena Dunham, Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner



PRODUCERS:                        Bruce Eric Kaplan and Ilene S. Landress


CAST:                                       Hannah:                                         Lena Dunham

Marnie:                                            Allison Williams

Jessa:                                              Jemima Kirke

Shoshanna:                                   Zosia Mamet

Adam:                                              Adam Driver






HBO Entertainment

Second-season commitment is for ten episodes.

Gross audience to date: 3.7 million viewers.



Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Emmy® winner for “Seinfeld” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine”) stars as Selina Meyer, who becomes vice president, only to discover the job is nothing like she expected, but everything she was warned about. The comedy series was created by Armando Iannucci (Oscar®nominee for co-writing “In the Loop”).




CREATED BY:                        Armando Iannucci



PRODUCERS:                        Armando Iannucci, Christopher Godsick and Frank Rich



PRODUCERS:                        Simon Blackwell and Tony Roche


PRODUCERS:                        Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Stephanie Laing



PRODUCERS:                        Roger Drew, Sean Gray, Ian Martin and William Smith


CAST:                                       Selina Meyer:                                Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Sue:                                                 Sufe Bradshaw

Amy:                                                Anna Chlumsky

Gary:                                                Tony Hale

Dan:                                                Reid Scott

Jonah:                                             TimothyC. Simons

Mike:                                                Matt Walsh





  • SarahL

    While HBO has suffered from losing Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, The Wire, and Oz, I think that it is still stronger than Showtime which really only has Dexter, followed distantly Nurse Jackie and The Big C. In contrast, HBO has a stable of strong shows; Game of Thrones, Treme, True Blood and Broadwalk Empire.

  • marsinvestigations1

    Girls is amazing. Really surprised. I guess people don’t “get” it. Complaints that the characters are unlikable, etc… that’s kind of the point. They’re sort of supposed to be. The show is meant to be something of a somber look at a certain kind of individual — the kind of people I know very well. It’s not for everyone but thankfully the critics see what a gem it is.

    Veep is good too but in a very different way. I am digging both.

  • SJ

    LOVE Veep! So glad it’s sticking around!

  • Andy

    Showtime is a better network then HBO for original programs. Gone are the good old days of “The Sopranos”, “Sex and The City” and “Six Feet Under”. Not very impressed with VEEP so far.

  • Andy

    Sarah, I disagree with you. Nurse Jackie and The Big C are the best, and Homeland when it returns should be great. HBO had it’s time in the sun, now it is Showtimes!

  • Teag

    HBO has Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones and Showtime has Dexter and Homeland. They’re both good.

  • DonJ1973

    Sarah…WTH are you talking about? Showtime also has Homeland, which won Best drama and actress (Claire Danes) at the Golden Globes and will be a front runner at the Emmy’s later this year. Homeland IMO has surpassed Dexter as the #1 show on their network. They also have Shameless with Bill Macy and Emmy Rossum, which is also critically acclaimed.

  • Weez

    Showtime’s only great show is Homeland, with everything else ranging from good to really bad. I agree with SarahL on HBO still being on top. Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Tremè, True Blood, Luck (despite the fact that it was prematurely cancelled, it was still an amazing show and it aired this year) and the upcoming The Newsroom are all on the 2012 schedule, helping it easily win out in that regard. And that’s to say nothing of their comedies/dramedies (Veep, Girls, Eastbound & Down, The Life & Times of Tim, and Enlightened), their documentaries, or their mini-series/films (Game Change, Hemingway & Gellhorn).

    Make no mistake, Showtime has definitely stepped up their game, but they’ve got a long way to go before we can start talking about them being “better” than HBO when it comes to original content.

  • Dustin

    I can’t fathom how people like girls. one of the worse shows I’ve seen… ever. Then again millions of people watch the jersey shore, so how can I be surprised by anything people like.

  • RB

    “Girls” is horrible; my DVR was sitting in the corner, sobbing and trying to cut itself with razor blades after recording it.

    “Veep” shows promise so far but still hasn’t wowed me.

  • JJ

    Girls is in the top 5 worst pilots I’ve ever seen. Maybe it got better, but I don’t know what kind of sick masochist would have stuck around to see the subsequent episodes.

  • KoolRebel

    Veep is terrible, but Girls is excellent

  • Riff Rafferty

    “Veep” was a veritable breath of fresh air after sitting through the show about the fat ugly loser hipster troll who spends half of each episode pontificating if her grotesque boyfriend should plow her in the cooch or in the butt.

    Granted, having my testicles inserted into a garbage disposal while sulfuric acid is poured into my eyeballs would also be a veritable breath of fresh air compared to that. Come back, “How to Make It in America”! All is forgiven!

  • KoolRebel

    Showtime is better than HBO. Showtime has Dexter, Weeds, Californication, The Big C. HBO has Boardwalk Empire, True Blood and now Girls. Starz has Magic City.

  • KoolRebel

    I forgot my favorite show Shameless also on Showtime

  • SarahL


    No need to have a cow. I completely forgot about Homeland. Regardless, I still think that HBO remains the superior paid cable network.


    Exactly. For the moment, HBO still produces much better and more interesting shows as whole. I think Showtime is much better than it used to be, but needs to produce much better quality shows to surpass HBO.

  • FowlScat

    The Jersey Shore crowd cant take in Girls, apparently takes too much brain power to compute. Excellent show

  • groove365

    If I was in charge of a network I would wait more than 2-3 episodes before renewing shows because lots of people give a new show a 2-3 episode trial period before deciding if they will keep watching.

    Luck is a prime example of a show people abandoned in droves after a few episodes just like John from Cincinnati.

  • Grimman

    I like Girls. The cast is pretty awkward, which I think is the point they are trying to get across. No interest in Veep, so I didn’t watch it.

    In order of my favourite shows from the big cable networks.

    HBO (Too bad about Luck, Eastbound and Down, Hung and Bored to Death)
    1. Game of Thones
    2. Boardwalk Empire
    3. True Blood
    4. Girls

    1. Dexter
    2. Shameless
    3. The Borgias
    4. Californication
    5. Episodes
    6. Weeds
    7. House of Lies

    1. Spartacus
    2. Boss
    3. Magic City

    1. Walking Dead
    2. Breaking Bad
    3. Mad Men
    4. Hell on Wheels
    5. The Killing
    6. Comic Book Men

    So, I guess for me Showtime is the best. I also like a few shows from USA and TNT.

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