A quick review of tonight's "Shameless" coming up just as soon as I give you a coupon for a free ham...
Lip and Fiona set honey traps, Jimmy has a wedding and Frank hits new lows in a great episode
Hannah and Elijah experiment with drugs, and Marnie learns about art
25 years after 'Wiseguy,' two-time Oscar winner stars in Netflix original drama
Lena Dunham comedy will get 12 episodes next time around
It's official: HBO has ordered a third season of "Girls."
The comedy's producers have been talking for a while like the third season was already a done deal — earlier this week, star/creator/producer Lena Dunham told Alec Baldwin on a podcast that the third season would film in some of the studio space "30 Rock" was vacating — but the actual announcement didn't come until this afternoon.
By conventional ratings measures, "Girls" doesn't look so spectacular, as the season 2 premiere only drew 866,000 for its first telecast, and only 1.6 million viewers over multiple airings that night. But in total, across many platforms (including HBOGo), more than 3.8 million have watched that episode so far. Besides, HBO doesn't really rely on conventional ratings measures — or on ratings at all — but on things that will drive subscriptions, enhance the company's brand, etc. And "Girls" has been a huge critical success, has won several awards (including a pair of Golden Globes earlier this month) and is a show that people are talking about — whether they like it or hate it.
The third season will consist of 12 episodes, as opposed to the 10 for the first two seasons. The third episode of season 2 airs Sunday night at 9 on HBO.
Jim and Pam's argument leads to a major change for the series
Jack, Liz and Kenneth get happy endings in the series' penultimate episode
Where would the ABC submarine drama have gone if this wasn't the last episode?
"Last Resort" just aired its series finale, and I have a few thoughts on how things ended, and then a long interview with co-creator Shawn Ryan about these 13 episodes — and, at the end, about his "Beverly Hills Cop" pilot for CBS — all coming up just as soon as I ask who Jay-Z is...
Leslie battles Pawnee sexism, Ron and Ann babysit Diane's girls, and Tom learns about basketball
Tessa becomes a football girlfriend, while Sheila rocks out with George's dad band
'Raising Hope' will pull double duty until March
As recently as two weeks ago, FOX president Kevin Reilly said there was nothing that could be done in-season to fix the flagging fortunes of his Tuesday comedy lineup, and that "we've just gotta play through" from then until May.
But several more weeks of ratings data for the night in general changed that opinion, as today FOX announced that "Ben and Kate" is being pulled from the schedule immediately, and that the four-sitcom bloc will be going away by March, with "Hell's Kitchen" leading into survivors "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project."