While there is still no official third-season pickup for Lena Dunham‘s Girls, she has confirmed the long-expected renewal of her HBO comedy series. “We’re starting season three at the end of March,” she told Alec Baldwin on his podcast. “I’m so excited.” HBO has been preparing for a third season of Girls for a couple of months. I hear it closed a new overall deal with executive producer Jenni Konner to return as co-showrunner alongside creator/star/executive producer Dunham and has been assembling a writing team, with Paul Simms expected to replace Bruce Eric Kaplan as co-executive producer as Kaplan is busy working on his HBO pilot. According to Dunham, Girls is taking over the stage used by Baldwin’s departing 30 Rock at Silvercup Studios.
On the same night it won Golden Globes for best comedy series and best comedy actress (Dunham) earlier this month, Girls opened its second season to 866,000 viewers, down slightly from its series premiere last year.