When “Girls” premieres this Sunday, it will do so without the stress of an uncertain future.
Premium cable network HBO confirmed Monday that it has ordered a fifth season of critically acclaimed (but low-rated) “Girls.” The series, which has been nominated for Emmy and Golden Globe Awards, commences its fourth season this weekend.
In teasing the fourth season, HBO writes, “Hannah has left New York to attend the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop, hoping to become a more serious writer, while facing uncertainty in her relationship with Adam. Back in the city, Marnie is pursuing a music career, trying to balance her personal and professional relationship with Desi. New graduate Shoshanna is interviewing for jobs and struggling to sort out her relationship with Ray. And Jessa is trying sobriety through AA, but her knack for creating drama is undiminished.”
As a premium network reliant on subscriber support rather than ads, HBO has the ability to look beyond live-plus-same-day ratings when making scheduling decisions. The vanity of possessing a show as lauded as “Girls” combined with the series’ success on streaming/on-demand platforms made HBO’s renewal decision a rather easy one.