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HBO Renews for Second Seasons Two Half-Hour Comedies Targeted at Women: Lena Dunham's 'Girls' and Armando Iannucci's 'Veep'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 30, 2012 at 3:49PM

Great news. HBO Entertainment has renewed two half-hour comedies targeted at women for second seasons. The commitment for Lena Dunham's 'Girls' is for ten episodes. The show has a gross audience to date of 3.8 million viewers.
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Great news. HBO Entertainment has renewed two half-hour comedies targeted at women for second seasons. The commitment for Lena Dunham's 'Girls' is for ten episodes. The show has a gross audience to date of 3.8 million viewers. Produced by show creator Dunham, Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner, the hilariously candid and sometimes shocking fly-on-the-wall show is about four 20-something women trying to make it in New York City. Dunham leads the ensemble.

Dunham, Allison Williams, and Zosia Mamet in "Girls"
HBO Dunham, Allison Williams, and Zosia Mamet in "Girls"

Also renewed for ten episodes is "In the Loop" writer-director Armando Iannucci's free-wheeling D.C. comedy "Veep," starring Julia Louis- Dreyfuss ("Seinfeld") as the vice president. The show has a gross audience to date of 3.7 million viewers. Produced by show creator Iannucci, Christopher Godsick and Frank Rich, the show takes a caustic and hysterical look at behind-the-scenes goings-on in the White House.
 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.