The network has renewed the acclaimed series for a fourth season, with one significant change: Chris Alberghini and Mike Chessler (90210, Cashmere Mafia) are stepping in as new showrunners, replacing series creator Lauren Iungerich, who exited at the end of June. The news was first reported by Deadline.
Awkward is slated to return with the second half of Season 3 in October.
Excited about the renewal news? Skittish about a change in the show’s creative leadership? Sound off below!
YOU ARE SO NOT WELCOME NEWS
… In arguably the worst possible news for MTV’s Awkward. (the only thing more terrible would be Ashley Rickards quitting the show), showrunner and creator Lauren Iungerich is departing after the currently on-hiatus third season wraps up. MTV is likely ordering a fourth season, dependent on who they find to replace Iungerich. But Iungerich’s very funny and talented voice was all over the series, and the loss of her will be, like, totally obvs. The word on her departure is that it was a combination of work and personal reasons, which sounds to me like MTV blew it. But what do I know? Maybe Iungerich just didn’t want to be rich and powerful and famous anymore. [Deadline Hollywood]
… MTV has canceled Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous after one season. [THR]
… CNN has announced the return of shout-fest Crossfire, this time with co-hosts Newt Gingrich, S.E. Cupp, Stephanie Cutter, and Van Jones all making their point with volume. Look Listen for it this fall. [THR]
… FX is developing a TV version of the book Mohicans, which served as the source material for the film The Last of the Mohicans. The idea would be to make it a miniseries that follows the development of America as seen through the eyes of the characters from the books. [THR]
… Funny guy, Burning Love sexy fireman, and Childrens Hospital sexy Jewish doctor Ken Marino has booked a season-long arc on HBO’s Eastbound & Down. This is about as perfect casting as perfect casting gets. In the comedy starring Danny McBride as a former pro baseball player, Marino will play “a middle-aged athlete who’s still living the high life and partying it up.” But wait, there’s more! Tim Heideker, of Tim & Eric fame, will also join the series in a recurring role. He’ll play a neighbor of McBride’s Kenny Powers who is a painfully regular guy. [Deadline Hollywood]
… Elementary‘s Sherlock Holmes has an older brother, and we’ll all get to meet him in Season 2. Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man‘s the Lizard, Human Nature) will play Mycroft Holmes and I’m pretty convinced that he could actually be Jonny Lee Miller’s real-life brother. Mycroft will appear in the premiere episode, where the two brothers will confront their recent falling-out after Sherlock heads to Jolly Old Londontown. [CBS via press release]
… In today’s The Leftovers news, the show has added The Secret Circle‘s Chris Zylka. In the Damon Lindelof drama about those left behind after the Rapture, Zylka will play a college dropout who settles under the wing of a guru. [Deadline Hollywood]
… TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are?, which is being revived by TLC after cancellation by NBC, has announced the celebs who will let Lisa Kudrow poke around their families’ pasts and talk about them on TV (minus the “your great granddad was a Nazi sympathizer” part). Here they are: Christina Applegate, Kelly Clarkson, Cindy Crawford, Zooey Deschanel, Chelsea Handler, Chris O’Donnell, Jim Parsons, and Trisha Yearwood. Who Do You Think You Are? debuts July 23 on TLC. [TLC via press release]
… 1980s dreamboat Andrew McCarthy will guest-star on CBS’s summer drama Unforgettable. He’ll play a rich dude who enlists Carrie’s help to get his kidnapped young daughter back. [THR]
SURE, WHY NOT? NEWS
… Now that our government has come to its senses and DOMA has been stricken down in the Supreme Court, Modern Family is already thinking about a marriage for Cam and Mitchell. Sure, why not? [EW]
Well, isn’t this… Awkward.
Lauren Iungerich, the creator and showrunner of MTV’s acclaimed drama series, is leaving the show at the end of Season 3, TVLine has confirmed.
“Awkward is a wonderful series and we appreciate the creativity and devotion Lauren brought to this show,” MTV Programming President Susanne Daniels said in a statement. “We wish her the best in her new ventures.”
According to Deadline, Iungerich is exiting for personal and professional reasons.
Awkward returns with the second half of Season 3 in October. MTV, meanwhile, is on the hunt for a new showrunner to oversee a potential Season 4.
Amanda Foreman‘s career is taking an Awkwardturn.
TVLine has learned exclusively that the Felicity fave will guest-star in a Season 3 installment of the acclaimed MTV comedy (bowing in April), playing Matty’s mom.
Described as very conservative, Foreman’s maternal character will appear in an episode that centers on Jenna and Matty’s parents meeting for the first time. (Expect sparks to fly between the vastly different family units.)
Foreman’s most recent TV credits include Parenthood, Private Practice and House.
Anthony Michael Hall is going back to high school.
The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles actor is joining MTV’s Awkward. He’s coming on board the show’s third season for a multi-episode arc. Hall will play Mr. Hart, “a sadistic creative writing teacher that pushes the students out of their comfort zones.” We’re told there’s a method to Mr. Hart’s madness that will have a major impact this season.
Hall is considered a great fit for the show given Awkward has been frequently compared to John Hughes’ 1980s comedies.
And that’s not all. Nolan Funk (Glee) has also just been added to show’s cast in a multi-episode arc. He’ll play a confident new prep school transfer to Palos Hills.
Awkward doesn’t have a return date yet, but given the success of the show, MTV is doing 20 episodes this season instead of the usual 12.
Things aren’t going to get less Awkward anytime soon.
MTV has renewed the critical favorite for an extra-large 20-episode third season, TVLine has confirmed.
“Lauren Iungerich’s creative vision, coupled with this extraordinarily talented cast, make Awkward the perfect series for MTV,” MTV head of programming David Janollari said. “Critics and our audience alike have fallen in love with Awkward, and we’re thrilled to bring this terrific series back for a third, supersized season.”
Awkward‘s Season 2 premiere drew 2.2 million total viewers and scored a 2.2 rating with the 12-34 crowd, up 29 percent from the series’ launch.
The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news of the pickup.
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