10:05am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Faking It' Renewed for Second Season at MTV
MTV is going to be Faking It for another year.
The youth-skewing cable network has renewed the comedy starring Katie Stevens and Rita Volk, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. MTV will unspool 10 new episodes -- up two from season one -- in 2015.
From showrunner Carter Covington, the half-hour comedy series was the first new scripted entry picked up to series under new network topper Susanne Daniels.
"Faking It has proved to be the perfect companion show to Awkward, retaining nearly 90 percent of its lead in each week,” Daniels said in a release announcing the news Monday. “We're excited about Carter Covington's delicious plans for season two.”
The comedy, which centers on two best friends who are mistakenly outed as lesbians and catapult to instant popularity, opened in April to 1.17 million total viewers. Through its first seven episodes, the comedy has averaged 948,000 total viewers. MTV says the show is the highest-rated new series launch this year with a 1.5 rating among viewers 12-34 and 1.4 million viewers each week when factoring in three days of delayed viewing. The season finale airs Tuesday.
For MTV, Faking It comes as Daniels is looking to double the network's roster of original scripted series. In addition to veterans Awkward and Teen Wolf, MTV will also launch comedy Happyland and dramas Finding Carter and Eye Candy. On the pilot side, MTV is readying its adaptation of Screamand has buzzy book adaptation Shannarain development.