MTV has renewed its freshman comedy “Faking It” for a second season.
The renewal arrives just ahead of its season finale on Tuesday and after producing impressive numbers for the cable channel.
The comedy is currently the highest-rated new series launch on MTV this year. It averages a 1.5 rating among the network’s target demographic of 12-34-year-olds and 1.4 million total viewers each week. It also retains nearly 90 percent of its 10 p.m. lead-in, “Awkward.”
“Faking It” was created by Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov. It’s executive-produced by Carter Covington (“10 Things I Hate About You,” “Greek” “Hart of Dixie”).
The comedy, about two high school girls passing as lesbians to be popular, stars Katie Stevens, Rita Volk, Gregg Sulkin, Michael Willett and Bailey Buntain.
MTV has had a tough time when it comes to scripted fare. “Faking It” is one of the few shows that have found an audience along with “Teen Wolf” and “Awkward.” Other shows were quickly canceled, including “Zach Stone Is Going to Be Famous, “The Inbetweeners,” “Death Valley,” “Skins” and “Underemployed.”
The network plans to release two more new scripted comedies, “Happyland” and “Off the Bat,” and two new scripted drama series, “Finding Carter” and “Eye Candy” this year.