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HBO renews 'Enlightened,' cancels 'Hung' and two other comedies

December 20, 2011 | 10:37 am

Ted Danson, left, Zach Galifianakis and Jason Schwartzman of the just-canceled "Bored to Death."
Let out a deep breath, “Enlightened” fans.  HBO has decided to renew the Laura Dern-starring dramedy for a second season, but nixed other half hour comedies: “Hung,” “Bored to Death,” and “How to Make It In America.”

The fate of the “Enlightened,” about a woman (Dern) recovering from a nervous breakdown,  had been uncertain given its low ratings.  Still, critics have been supportive and the show, along with Dern, received Golden Globes nominations last week.

When creator Mike White spoke to the Times last week after learning of the nominations, he reflected on the show's struggle to find an audience, but was hopeful the awards recognition would work in its favor.

"You hope with a nomination like this, you could get another season," he said. "Maybe one day we’ll look back on this and laugh. There may be a future here and one that’s much bigger than where we’re at."

The future, though, isn't as big for its sister series--despite "Hung" also being recognized by the Golden Globes.  “Hung” and “Bored to Death” wont be returning for a fourth season, and “How to Make It In America” won't be back for a third.

Six new series are slated to roll out, including horse race drama “Luck,” an untitled Aaron Sorkin newsroom drama and Judd Apatow’s “Girls.”  That, of course, is in addition to returning series such as "Game of Thrones, "Boardwalk Empire," "Treme" and "True Blood."


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— Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: Ted Danson, left, Zach Galifianakis, and Jason Schwartzman in a scene from "Bored to Death." Credit: HBO.