MTV and HBO Shows Renewed

Jun 13, 2013  •  Post A Comment

Renewals have been announced by MTV and HBO. The Hollywood Reporter says the freshman MTV comedy series “Girl Code” was picked up for a second season, with the cable channel ordering 20 new episodes.

THR reports separately that HBO picked up a second season of the news series “Vice,” executive produced by Bill Maher.

MTV’s “Girl Code” is a spinoff of MTV2’s “Guy Code.”

“’Girl Code,’ developed by Ryan Ling, features various female comics offering wide ranging advice on everything from frenemies, PDA, drinking, dating, dancing and more,” THR reports. “The series drew an average of 1.1 million viewers each week in its first season, averaging a 1.2 rating among P12-34.”

Ling is the show’s executive producer, with Darin Byrne and Paul Ricci executive producing for MTV. The show is directed by Laura Murphy.

“’Girl Code’ marks the first renewal at MTV under new programing chief Susanne Daniels,” THR notes. “The series launched behind the cable network’s critical darling ‘Awkward’ on Tuesdays as part of its female comedy lineup, marking a priority to lure the demo to the home of original fare including ‘Teen Wolf.’”

HBO’s renewal for “Vice” comes after the Friday program has posted solid ratings gains.

Said HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo: "’Vice’s’ fearless, irreverent style of news coverage has produced a uniquely provocative show. We look forward to more of their groundbreaking reporting in season two.”

THR adds: “Seeing ratings rise over the course of its first season, ‘Vice’ has garnered a great deal of publicity from its recent trip to North Korea. ‘Vice’ founder and series host Shane Smith, who has twice reported from the isolated nation, was not allowed to return for the planned segment, so ‘Vice’ sent former Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman in his stead. Rodman’s trip will take up the entire June 14 season finale.”

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