HBO's Girl Power

HBO has a thing for the ladies. The network will start the new year with two of its most talked about comedies: Girls and Enlightened. They've confirmed that both shows will return in January with 10 episodes each.

Girls Return Wednesday HBO announced the return of two of its critical darlings: Girls and Enlightened. Both have been renewed for second seasons and are expected to return January 2013.

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Enlightened stars Laura Dern and centers on an ambitious executive at a global conglomerate, who returns to her fractured life after a humiliating public breakdown.

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After the debacle, she's determined to lead a more enlightened existence. Unfortunately, her noble intentions only create more drama, wreaking havoc on those around her.

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The first season of Enlightened wrapped in December and secured Dern a Golden Globe nomination for best performance by an actress in a television series -- comedy or musical. The show also stars Mike White, who co-produces, writes and directs the series.

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Girls has been one of the most talked about new shows of the year. Created by and starring Lena Dunham, Girls takes a comic look at the various embarrassments and rare triumphs of a group of women in their early twenties. Dunham is joined by a cast of relative newcomers including Jemima Kirke, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, Adam Driver and Alex Karpovsky.

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Last month, Girls was nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards, including outstanding writing, directing and lead actress in a comedy series -- all for Lena Dunham. Not bad for a twentysomething.

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Are you ready for more Girls and Enlightened?

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