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HBO's 'Girls' and 'Veep' get renewed for second seasons

April 30, 2012 |  1:22 pm

'Girls' and 'Veep'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.

"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

Photo: Lena Dunham in "Girls," left, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in "Veep." Credit: HBO.

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