Golden Globe nominations save ‘Enlightened’ while ‘Hung’ gets canceled by HBO

Hot on the heels of two Golden Globe nominations, HBO has picked up “Enlightened” for a second season. The ratings-challenged dramedy was a surprising inclusion in the Globes’ Best Comedy/Musical Series category while Laura Dern picked up an expected bid for Best Comedy/Musical Actress.

Dern — who won Globes for telefilms “Recount” (2008, supporting) and “Afterburn” (1992, lead) and reaped Emmy nods for both — could well prevail again this year. She does, however, face a challenge from Zooey Deschanel (“New Girl“). Both actresses compete for new series as did the last two champs: Laura Linney (“The Big C“) and Toni Collette (“United States of Tara“).

The news from HBO was not all good as Thomas Jane‘s second consecutive Globe bid for Best Comedy Actor could not save “Hung” from getting the chop after three seasons. Critics and audiences alike failed to embrace this show about a high school teacher who becomes a hustler. The show’s only Emmy bid to date was for the pilot’s cinematography.

The paycaster also axed “Bored to Death,” a 2010 Emmy winner for Best Main Title Design, and “How to Make It in America.”

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