‘Girls,’ ‘Enlightened’ season 2 nab January 13 premiere date

HBO is getting their comedy lineup set for January; and finally, it looks as though they are actually going to give “Enlightened” a chance at securing some sort of stable viewership.

There are a number of things that are interesting about this announcement, but we will begin with “Girls.” After airing earlier this year in the spring behind both “Veep” and “Game of Thrones,” the show this time around has been put on an island a little bit more without as strong of a lead-in at 9:00 p.m. Eastern. Then again, there are some reasons for that. Thanks to the abrupt cancellation of “Luck,” the network needed something to fill this timeslot early next year that is typically reserved for dramas. “Girls” has developed a cult following, so it only made sense to plug it in here.

As for “Enlightened,” it really is just as simple as we said. HBO is desperate to bring Laura Dern’s critically-acclaimed series some more viewers, and what better way is there to do so other thank putting the show on after something with a devoted following? This allows “Veep” later in the year a chance to help launch a new series, and the network can re-think where it wants to put these shows next year when it develops some more of its top-notch original content.

Some of the new actors coming on board these series include Dermot Mulroney as a new love interest on “Enlightened,” and Donald Glover (“Community”) and Patrick Wilson (“A Gifted Man”) as two love interests of sorts for Hannah on “Girls.” Of the group, Glover is probably the one with the most-limited role given his commitments to other programs.

Which of these shows are you the most excited to see?

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