Tim DeKay and Ally Walker of 'Tell Me You Love Me'

Tim DeKay and Ally Walker of 'Tell Me You Love Me'

HBO has picked up a second season of its drama series "Tell Me You Love Me."

The pay-cable network hasn't seen big ratings from the show -- it premiered to less than a million viewers. But the show has sustained its audience through its first four weeks and has earned some critical praise as well.

Separately, HBO has also ordered a pair of pilots, "1%" and "Patient 2344," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The first, from writer Michael Tolkin ("The Player"), focuses on a biker gang, while "Patient," written by John J. McLaughlin ("Man of the House") and executive produced by Robert Zemeckis ("Beowulf"), is a medical drama set in the near future.

"Tell Me You Love Me" generated some controversy prior to its premiere for its graphic-even-for-HBO sex scenes. That has since taken a back seat to a deep and sometimes uncomfortable look at intimacy revolving around three couples who all see the same therapist (Jane Alexander).

The show also stars Tim DeKay, Ally Walker, Sonya Walger, Adam Scott and Michelle Borth. It's executive produced by Gavin Polone and Cynthia Mort, who created the series.