August 05, 2013 10:17am PT by Philiana Ng , Lesley Goldberg
MTV Renews 'Awkward,' Taps New Showrunners
MTV has renewed Awkward for a fourth season, tapping new showrunners Chris Alberghini and Mike Chessler to run it, The Hollywood Reporter confirms.
Alberghini and Chessler will replace creator and former showrunner Lauren Iungerich, who left Awkward after the comedy wrapped production on season three in late June. The duo previously co-created VH1's Tori Spelling series, So NoTORIous, and also worked on The CW’s departed 90210 update and Reba.
In THR's chat with MTV's programming chief Susanne Daniels in late July, she hinted that a renewal was likely for Awkward. "I can't say who it is yet but I'm really close to closing a deal on a new showrunner," she said at the time. "And once I get that duck in its place, we can announce the next season. But it is something that we want to do."
Awkward has become one of MTV's signature scripted series. It currently ranks as the Viacom-owned network's longest-running scripted comedy. Its third season returned in April to 2.1 million total viewers, down slightly from its June 2012 premiere but even with its August 2012 finale. The return was up 5 percent among MTV's core 12-34 demo with a 2.3 rating -- the show's highest premiere in the metric.
Awkward will return for the second half of the 20-episode season three in October.