By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist April 30, 2012 at 4:12PM
Haters gonna hate, but Lena Dunham will have the final word as her excellent HBO series "Girls" as well as Armando Iannucci's "Veep" have both been renewed for a second season. And the numbers don't lie.
Dunham's fresh and funny series about a quartet of young women navigating love, sex, work and life in Manhattan has accumulated 3.8 million viewers over its first three episodes. Clearly, the knowing look at the awkwardness of early 20s life for women is resonating with audiences. HBO likely already had an indication they had a hit on their hands after they gave SXSW audiences a sneak preview back in March, where it was met with high praise and a rapturous reception. And mark our words, Allison Williams is poised to be the first breakout star from the show.
Meanwhile, while not as incisivie as we would like, Armando Iannucci's White House comedy "Veep" is giving Julia Louis-Dreyfuss the best role she's had since "Seinfeld," which is reason enough to watch it. Add to that an amazing supporting cast including a vivacious Anna Chlumsky, a rock solid Matt Walsh and an always reliable Tony Hale and this is one that is slowly building up promise. With 3.7 million viewers to its name, it too is also amassing a following.
Both shows have fresh ten episode orders, and will be back on your dial in 2012.