MTV has decided to renew the critically adored comedy series Awkward for a third season. That should come as no real surprise; the series has been holding relatively steady with viewership and critics alike. What should come as a surprise, however, is just how big that third season is. While previous seasons of the series have clocked in at twelve episodes each (close to the standard for cabel television shows), MTV announced that Awkward's third season would receive a solid twenty episodes -- bringing it closer to the average number of episodes per season a network sitcom receives.
The Lauren Iungerich-created comedy likely saw the boost in episode count as part of MTV's bid to increase its scripted television presence. The network's supernatural series Teen Wolf recently received a similar boost when it was renewed for its third season; instead of a twelve episode season as with its first two, the series will return for a twenty-four episode third season sometime next year.
Awkward follows Jenna Hamilton (Ashley Rickards) as she struggles with the awkward pratfalls of being a high school student.
"Lauren Iungerich’s creative vision, coupled with this extraordinarily talented cast, make Awkward the perfect series for MTV," MTV head David Janollari said in a statement. "Critics and our audience alike have fallen in love with Awkward, and we’re thrilled to bring this terrific series back for a third, supersized season.”
MTV will continue expanding its scripted pallette with new shows like the remake of the British sitcom The Inbetweeners and the original dramedy Underemployed, both slated to premiere later this year.
Awkward is currently in the midst of its second season, and will air its next episode, the Valentines Day-themed "My Love Is a Black Heart," Thursday night.