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HBO renews ‘Enlightened,’ cancels ‘Hung,’ ‘Bored to Death,’ ‘How to Make it in America’

Laura Dern and Luke Wilson in “Enlightened” (Nicola Goode )

Right on the heels of its Golden Globe nominations, “Enlightened” got some good news on Tuesday — HBO renewed the series, which stars Laura Dern as a woman dealing with a midlife crisis.

Three other series weren’t so lucky, as “Hung,” “Bored to Death” and ”How to Make it in America” were axed.

“Hung” — starring Thomas Jane as a broke teacher-turned-male escort — and “Bored to Death” — Jason Schwartzman as a writer who pretends to be a private detective — each made it three seasons. “How to Make it in America,” about a group of friends in the New York City fashion world,” had just completed its second season.

Now that its slate is cleared, HBO gets ready to launch six new series next year, including Baltimore-shot “Veep,” in which Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays the vice president of the United States, and an untitled drama from Aaron Sorkin looking the adventures of a cable news show.

Emily Yahr covers pop culture and entertainment for the Post. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyYahr.


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