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HBO Renews Two Comedy Series THR

HBO has firmed up its comedy lineup with the announcements that two of its current series will be back for new seasons. The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed reports that the pay-cable network renewed "Veep" and "Silicon Valley."

"Veep" will be back for a fourth season, while "Silicon Valley" will return for a second season.

"Rookie entry 'Silicon Valley' launched April 6 following the season premiere of ratings juggernaut 'Game of Thrones,'" THR notes. "The Mike Judge comedy about a group of aspiring entrepreneurs opened to 2 million total viewers at 10 p.m. -- HBO's biggest comedy launch since 'Hung's' 2.8 million in 2009."

The report adds: "For its part, Julia Louis-Dreyfus political satire 'Veep' returned for its third season to nearly 1 million total viewers, on par with its season-two finale. The series, along with Lena Dunham's 'Girls,' is a regular on the awards season circuit, with Dreyfus and co-star Tony Hale both taking home Emmys for their performances last year."

The renewals come after HBO pulled the plug on its comedies "Family Tree" and "Hello Ladies," but the piece notes that lately "HBO has been on a comedy roll. Its three most recent rookie series -- 'Looking,' 'Getting On' and 'Silicon Valley' -- have all been renewed for sophomore runs."

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