TCA: HBO Renews ‘Hung,' ‘True Blood,' ‘Entourage'


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Home Box Office will bring back its summer Sunday Night lineup in 2010, renewing freshman series Hung, sophomore series True Blood and Emmy-nominated comedy series Entourage. The announcements were made at the 2010 Television Critics Association summer press tour in Pasadena.

HBO programming group and West Coast Operations president Michael Lombardo said that all three series will return next summer, The vampire-tinged True Blood is averaging more than 10 million cumulative viewers, while Hung, which follows a about a down-on-his-luck man who decides to use his best attributes and becomes a gigolo, is averaging more than 10 million cumulative viewers.

Entourage, which earned an Emmy nod for best comedy series, is averaging 8 million viewers.

The network has not made a decision on returning freshman drama series No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency starring Jill Scott.

As for the third season of comedy series Flight Of The Concords, Lombardo said that the network is ready for a third season, but are waiting for a greenlight from the show producers. The series garnered an Emmy for best comedy series as well as a best comedy actor Emmy nod for series co-star Jemaine Clement.

HBO also has a second season of animated comedy The Life and Times of Tim but hasn't decided when to slot it. Lombardo says the network has picked up an animated comedy from The Office and Extras creators Ricky Gervais and Steven Merchant and may pair the two shows.