April 30, 2012 12:46pm PT by Michael O'Connell
HBO Renews Comedies 'Girls' and 'Veep' for Second Seasons
HBO has handed out second-season renewals for both Girls and Veep.
The freshman comedies -- which debuted April 14 and 21, respectively -- each will get additional 10-episode outings scheduled for 2013.
Girls, from creator Lena Dunham, had a somewhat soft debut of 872,000 viewers. Although the pilot episode has gone on to gross 3.8 million viewers to date, it has not shared the immediate success of Veep.
Armando Iannucci's (In the Loop) comedy about a powerless and slightly neurotic U.S. vice president, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, pulled in the network's most promising comedy numbers since the flagship Entourage took its final bow in 2011. The series opener earned 1.4 million viewers during its inaugural 10 p.m. ET broadcast. It has since grossed 3.7 million viewers.
With a strong lead-in from the also-renewed Game of Thrones, both Veep and Girls will complete their current seasons, airing at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on Sundays, through the summer.