HBO Officially Renews ‘Girls’ for Season 3

Mariah Tears up on 'Idol'
What made the diva weep?
Lena Dunham has probably forced HBO’s hand. Earlier this week, the Golden Globe-winning star said on Alec Baldwin’s podcast that Season 3 is already set for production. Then on Friday, HBO announced a renewal on for a 12-episode third season. Anticlimactic, I know. But, as these announcements tend to go – it arrives in time to remind us to tune in on Sunday. [HBO]

Ratings: Say what you want about American Idol’s flagging audience, it still wins both Wednesday and Thursday nights for FOX in both total viewers and the all-important advertiser-coveted 18 to 49-year-old audience. And now, there’s one more reason to keep it around. Thursday’s episode was down 9 percent from last week’s episode, but it helped attract 6.9 million viewers to Glee’s winter return and a 35 percent increase in the key demo. [EW]

Scrubs star Sarah Chalke is making a dramatic return to the hospital. She will guest star on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy on an episode airing sometime in the spring. No further details right now about who she’s playing. [TVLine]

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