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‘Awkward’ creator departing, MTV looking for new showrunner

Credit: MTV

Credit: MTV

Well, this is awkward.

Deadline reports that Lauren Iungerich, the creator/executive producer/showrunner of MTV’s Awkward, will be departing the MTV comedy series when it wraps production on Season 3 tomorrow.

According to MTV, the parting was mutual. “Awkward is a wonderful series and we appreciate the creativity and devotion Lauren brought to this show,” said MTV Programming President Susanne Daniels. “We wish her the best in her new ventures.”

However, the show must go on.

MTV is looking to extend the successful series, and is currently seeking a new showrunner in order to move forward with a possible fourth season. Iungerich’s decision to leave Awkward comes only three months after she exited her MTV comedy pilot Hot Mess, just as the much buzzed-about pilot was heading into MTV’s screenings. The network ultimately passed on the project, though it’s unclear just how much Iungerich’s departure factored into the decision. It could simply be that the new MTV regime is looking to clear out the projects developed by their predecessors, as Hot Mess was one of the pet projects of the former regime. Awkward was developed under the previous MTV regime as well, but the show has earned its keep by proving itself with the network audience.

Awkward is scheduled to return for the second half of its third season in October.

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