HBO renews one, cancels three


The HBO comedy “Enlightened” has been renewed for a second season, but three other shows on the network – the comedies “Hung,” “Bored to Death” and “How to Make It in America” – have been canceled.

Meanwhile, HBO is planning to introduce six new series in 2012, including “Luck,” “Veep,” “Girls,” “Life’s Too Short,” “Angry Boys” and an untitled Aaron Sorkin project, to complement returning shows like “Game of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire.”

Enlightened, created by Laura Dern and Mike White and starring Dern, revolves around a woman who returns to her job after a breakdown and a personal reawakening. The series has struggled in building an audience, drawing 200,000 viewers or fewer for new episodes, but has scored Golden Globe nominations for a comedy or musical series and for actress in a comedy or musical (Dern).

Hung is about a well-endowed male prostitute (Thomas Jane); “Bored to Death,” which stars Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson, is about  friends who solve crimes and experience crazy adventures in Brooklyn. “How to Make It in America,” is NYC-based comedy about a group of striving twentysomethings.