Wednesday, December 21, 2011

HBO Renews 'Enlightened'

HBO has renewed their freshman dramedy series, 'Enlightened' created and starring Laura Dern and Mike White. 

As previously posted, HBO cancelled three comedies, 'Hung' 'Bored to Death' and 'How to Make it in America.' I was a little suprised considering 'Enlightened' has the smallest audience of the four comedies. Only 1.5 million viewers tuned in to see the series about a woman (Dern) who returns home from a treatment centre to face a mind-numbing job in the corporate world.

'Enlightened' just received two Golden Globe nominations, one for Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical Series for Laura Dern and one for Best Comedy/Musical Series. This probably helped make HBO's decision a bit easier to make. 

If not for HBO's incoming slate of new series, the programming president Michael Lombardo and co-president Richard Plepler might have renewed one or two of the shows that were cancelled. The network is now under a strict Sunday-only programming slate going forward --with the exception of one or two smaller Friday shows; the strategy for 2012 is to not air original series on Monday.

Though ratings were small because of a Monday timeslot, 'Enlightened' is a favourite of many critics and has a passionate following. The monday timeslor programming experiment, which had been attempted previously with 'Six Feet Under' and 'Big Love' many seasons ago, looks to be shelved for awhile now.

With HBO only programming shows on Sunday for 2012 the cancellation of the three comedies had to be done. HBO has four new comedies coming in 2012, 'Girls,' 'Veep,' 'Life's Too Short' and 'Angry Boys. Also set to return is the third and final season of 'Eastbound and Down.'  On the drama side January 29 marks the start of 'Luck' as well as 'Newsroom' also arriving in 2012 include returning favourites, 'Game of Thrones,' 'Treme' and 'True Blood.'

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