There is no denying now that HBO has all the faith in the world in “Girls” to continue to be some sort of pop-culture sensation; the network confirmed on Thursday night that there will a fourth season, and that is even before the third season airs its premiere episode.
Is this a surprise? Yes and no. This is ultimately a show that probably looks bigger than it really is, thanks mostly to all the headlines surrounding star Lena Dunham, and also some of the content that ends up making it on the show itself. This show is mostly just useful for promoting the HBO brand, which in turn can draw viewers onto some other shows. While it may be their second-best comedy in the ratings behind “Veep,” that is really not saying much when you consider that the network really hasn’t had a huge comedy hit when it comes to viewers since “Entourage.”
As a matter of fact, it is somewhat interesting that “Girls” gets all of the buzz that it does, but there were times last year when it failed to hit a million viewers for an episode without DVR and on-demand viewing factored in. Then again, there were also some extraneous circumstances that went into this. HBO’s plan was probably at first to have “Girls” lead out of new episodes of “Luck” in 2013, but the horse-racing drama was canceled during production after a series of controversial animal deaths on the show’s set. HBO’s shows take so long to produce and to shoot that there really wasn’t time to give it another companion.
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