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HBO’s ‘Girls’ and ‘Veep’ get renewed for second seasons

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Two first-year HBO comedies have been renewed for second seasons: Lena Dunham’s much buzzed-about ‘Girls’ and Armando Iannucci’s ‘Veep.’ Both shows got 10-episode renewals.

Dunham’s ‘Girls,’ which has aired three episodes, recounts the lives and loves of a group of twentysomething Brooklyn women (think a less fashion-y ‘Sex and the City’). It has been the target of much controversy, with some critics praising the realistic dialogue and fully fleshed-out female characters and others taking issue with the show’s all-white cast and the fact that the performers are mostly the children of celebrity themselves.

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‘Veep,’ about the life of a fictional U.S. vice president played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, premiered to mostly positive reviews, although it has not yet achieved the must-see status of ‘Girls.’

Both shows premiered to around a million viewers apiece. By comparison, ‘Game of Thrones’ premiered to more than 2 million viewers in its first season.

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— Patrick Kevin Day

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