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HBO Renews Veep and Girls After Few Episodes
If I were to develop a series I would want it to air on HBO because it doesn’t seem like it takes much for the premium cable provider to renew a series, as evidenced by its renewal of its two newest comedies, Veep and Girls. Both are still pretty new, with Veep having only aired two episodes and Girls only three, but buzz surrounding the two freshman series has been mostly positive. And as I mentioned before, it doesn’t take a lot of viewers for HBO to consider a series a worthy of renewal. While broadcast networks get all cancelly whenever a show starts to dip below 5 million viewers, a cable channel like HBO would consider those numbers to be quite high.
As Deadline reported, Veep debuted with 1.4 million viewers, which is okay and still better than Girls’ 872,000. Now, you might be thinking, “Well gees, those numbers don’t seem all that impressive. Why would HBO renew these mediocre shows?” I will tell you, my friend. Cable channels like HBO have realized a series needs time to build an audience, so a lot of the motivation behind renewal is to give the show time to find said audience. That’s why the cable model for television has shows with smaller seasons so viewers have time to catch up on episodes they’ve missed.
I hope that shed some light on things. Both series were given orders of 10-episode second seasons, and I suggest you take the time to check them out. Veep stars Juilia Louis-Dreyfus as the newly minted Vice President. Girls was created by and stars Lena Dunham and takes a comedic look at the humiliations and triumphs in the lives of a group of girls in their early 20s. If neither of those sound like something you might be interested in then I’m not quite sure what your taste in TV is.