4:45pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
HBO Renews 'Getting On' for Second Season
HBO is going on with Getting On.
The premium cable network has renewed the medical comedy starring Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein and Niecy Nash, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The second season will again consist of six episodes.
Based on the British series of the same name, Getting On centers on the doctors and nurses who comprise a women's geriatric wing at a beleaguered hospital as they struggle with the realities of caring for the elderly amid an overwhelmed heath care system.
The HBO adaptation hails from Big Love creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer and their Anima Sola Productions banner. The duo penned the pilot for BBC Worldwide Productions. BBC Worldwide Productions' Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner also executive produce. Original series producer Geoff Atkinson, Jo Brand, Joanna Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine also serve as EPs.
The original series, amid critical acclaim, ran for three seasons (and 15 total episodes), earning a BAFTA win for actress in a comedy for Brand and a writing nom for writers-stars Brand, Pepperdine and Scanlan.
For her part, Metcalf had booked her next gig: stepping in for Jacki Weaver to star in CBS' re-piloted Boston family comedy The McCarthys. The role is in second position to Getting On. It's unclear whether CBS will have to recast the role.
The decision to renew the series comes as HBO will launch at least two new comedies in 2014: Jonathan Groff's gay-themed comedy Looking (which opened soft Jan. 19) and Mike Judge's Silicon Valley (due in April). The cabler recently picked up The Brink starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins; is in production on the Duplass brothers' comedy Togetherness; and has a co-production comedy starring the Newsroom's Emily Mortimer in the works. Getting On joins returning comedies Girls and Veep slated for 2014.
A return date for Getting On's second season has yet to be determined.
The move comes as HBO ended Stephen Merchant's Hello Ladies and Christopher Guest's Family Tree after one season. (Hello Ladies will, however, get a special to wrap up to its story.)