HBO stays Hung, adds to Entourage
HBO's road to resurgence will involve more huge penises and Hollywood douches. The premium cable channel has announced the renewal the well-endowed comedy Hung, the movie-star lifestyle comedy Entourage, and smash sensation True Blood for extra seasons.
The news broke at the TCAs, currently being held in Pasadena, California, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Hung gets a second season, Entourage a seventh, and True Blood a third.
Hung, about a man who becomes a gigolo thanks to his sizeable package, has received mixed reviews but good ratings. Ditto for the sixth season of Entourage, which sees a tamer version of the boys who usually cavort around Tinseltown. If both shows are going to last much longer, they're going to need an injection of creative energy.
True Blood's renewal -- which was first announced at Comic-Con by series creator Alan Ball -- was a no-brainer, as it's HBO's biggest hit since The Sopranos. As long as the show is loaded with vampires, gratuitous sex, and buckets of blood, it will be around for a while.
The future of Kiwi comedy Flight of the Comchords is still in doubt, however. HBO executives are eager to get it back in the lineup, but stars Jemaine Clement (who earned an Emmy nomination this year) and Bret McKenzie had have previously said that the most recent season would likely be their last, citing creative exhaustion (in addition to writing the show, a new season would mean the musicians would need to write an album's worth of new songs).
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