‘Girls,’ ‘Enlightened’ get return date

HBO has confirmed its comedies “Girls” and “Enlightened” will return Jan. 13.

“Girls,” created by and starring wunderkind Lena Dunham, tapped its way into the zeitgeist earlier this year with its gritty look at twentysomething women living in New York. The series, which also touts Judd Apatow as one of its executive producers, saw its April premiere nab 872,000 viewers. It steadily grew from there, drawing 1 million viewers for its finale. Factor in DVR, on-demand and HBO Go views, and the gross audience got a boost.  

It was recently nominated for five Emmys — including outstanding comedy and writing for a comedy — but would leave empty-handed (not before a bare, and pixelated, Dunham made a lasting impression in the intro).

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The ladies of “Girls” will be paired with “Enlightened.” The dramedy, which stars Laura Dern as a woman rebuilding her life after a public breakdown, wasn’t exactly a blockbuster in the ratings either, but it also earned its own award recognition. Dern received a Golden Globe for her performance. The first season wrapped last October to just over 200,000 viewers.

Both series will have a 10-episode season, airing back-to-back at 9 p.m.


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