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A week before its scheduled season four premiere, HBO has announced that its much-lauded comedy Girls will be coming back in 2016 for a fifth season.
The move is hardly shocking, as the series has been a critical and commercial success (albeit, less of a rating success than other HBO shows, such as Game of Thrones) for the network. Written and produced by series star Lena Dunham (who has created her own cottage industry around the show’s success), the show is focused around four twenty-something women navigating adulthood in New York City.
Considering the show’s place as a prestige comedy on the network, the renewal was more of a formality than anything. The series returns to HBO on January 11, offering us our first look at Hannah’s (Dunham) journey into the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Soshana’s (Zosia Mamet) post-college plans, and Marnie’s (Allison Williams) continued drive to become a successful singer (Williams tackled her own singing goals this past December by playing the lead in NBC’s Peter Pan: Live production).