11:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
MTV's 'Faking It' Gets 10-Episode Pickup
MTV is reinvesting in Faking It.
The network is doubling down on the second-year comedy from showrunner Carter Covington, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The series' currently airing 10-episode sophomore run will now expand to 20 episodes after the Viacom-owned cable network ordered what it's calling season 2B. Faking It is following the trajectory of its lead-in, Awkward, which saw its episode count increase from 12 to 20 when it was picked up for a supersized third season.
The comedy — which launched with an eight-episode first season — stars Rita Volk as Amy, who in season one faked a lesbian relationship with her best friend, Karma (Katie Stevens), to move up the social ladder at an Austin high school. Bailey De Young co-stars as Lauren, who in season two revealed that she was born intersex. Michael J. Willett and Gregg Sulkin round out the cast.
Midway through its second season, Faking It is averaging about 800,000 total viewers, down slightly year-over-year.
The additional episode order for the Teen Choice Award-winning breakout series comes as MTV is poised to say farewell to signature scripted comedy Awkward after its fifth and final season next year.
A return date for Faking It season 2B has not yet been determined.
Meanwhile, the future of freshman comedy Happyland, which has aired three of its eight-episode order to about 400,000 total viewers, also has not been determined.