UPDATE: Here’s Mike White’s reaction to his series Enlightened getting a second-season renewal by HBO: “I know HBO has had to make some hard decisions. I feel very lucky that they are letting us make more Enlightened. We will do our best to make something cool.”
PREVIOUS: Those two Golden Globe nominations sure helped. HBO has just picked up the Mike White-Laura Dern comedy Enlightened for a second season, while canceling three other comedy series: Hung, Bored To Death and How To Make It In America. Enlightened drew critical praise but struggled mightily in the ratings on Mondays. However, ratings have never been the deciding factor in HBO’s renewal decisions as evident by the longevity of David Simon’s New Orleans drama Treme. The network was already leaning towards picking up Enightened for Season 2 when the dark comedy earned two Golden Globe nominations last week, for best comedy series and best actress in a comedy series, Dern. Hung and Bored To Death are ending their runs after three seasons, How To Make It In America after two. Of the four comedies that learned their fate today, Hung has been the highest-rated, and star Thomas Jane recently landed his second Golden Globe nomination for his role. But in the end that wasn’t enough. Read More »
It’s stange that a former corporate cousin of HBO — Time Warner Cable — remains the biggest pay TV company that still doesn’t offer subscribers the opportunity to access the HBO Go digital streaming service. But that will … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: She’s Out Of My League star Alice Eve has been tapped for a four-episode arc on the upcoming final season of the HBO comedy series Entourage. In a role created for her, she will play a journalist assigned to write a profile piece on Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) who subsequently becomes a possible love interest for the actor. Brit Eve, repped by UTA, U.K’s ARG and Untitled, recently wrapped Men in Black III and next stars in Rogue Pictures’ The Raven and Lionsgate’s ATM.
Ugly Betty alumna Ana Ortiz is set for a multi-episode arc on another HBO comedy series, Hung. She will play a woman with serious anger issues who becomes a client of part-time male prostitute Ray (Thomas Jane). He ends up helping her deal not only with her voracious sexual appetite but also supporting her strong emotional needs. Ortiz, repped by Gersh, manager Geordie Frey and attorney Brad Small, recently starred in the Fox comedy pilot Outnumbered. Read More »
HBO has picked up dark comedy Hung for a third season with a 10-episode order to run in 2011.
Hung stars Thomas Jane as a down-on-his-luck Detroit high-school coach moonlighting as a male prostitute and Jane Adams as his rookie, poetry-loving … Read More »