‘Girls’ Renewed for Fifth Season by HBO

Despite not exactly being a ratings juggernaut, HBO has renewed Girls for a fifth season before its fourth season has even premiered.

The news was announced at the season four premiere party last night in New York City, as Lena Dunham and executive producer Jenni Konner stated they will be starting work on season five immediately. In fact, Dunham claims to already have two scripts written for next year.

“No one has seen them, but they exist,” said Dunham.

It’s not really a surprise that HBO has decided to keep the show around, even in spite of how critically and commercially divisive it is. This is because, even at its most dodgy, Girls boosts the network’s prestige, in the form of Emmy nominations. This past year alone, the show earned nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Dunham, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Adam Driver, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series. It’s also up for two Golden Globes this year, Best Television Series (Comedy or Musical) and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series (Comedy or Musical) for Dunham. Both HBO and Dunham are hoping for a 2015 that features some actual wins to go with all these nominations. Who knows? I wouldn’t exactly hold my breath, but this could be their year, for all I know.

Girls returns to HBO for Season 4 this Sunday night, January 11, at 9:00 PM.

H/T: Entertainment Weekly

Girls Renewed for Season 5

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