HBO orders up a fifth season of Girls

Actors (from left) Zosia Mamet, Lena Dunham, Allison Williams and Jemima Kirke attend the Girls season four series premiere at the American Museum of Natural History on Jan 5, 2015 in New York City. HBO has ordered a fifth season of the hit comedy.&n
Actors (from left) Zosia Mamet, Lena Dunham, Allison Williams and Jemima Kirke attend the Girls season four series premiere at the American Museum of Natural History on Jan 5, 2015 in New York City. HBO has ordered a fifth season of the hit comedy. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - HBO has ordered a fifth season of its hit comedy Girls, the premium cable TV channel confirmed on Tuesday, delighting its creator Lena Dunham.

"And now we get to do this job for another year? Pinch me," Dunham told her 1.95 million followers on Twitter, after the network announced late Monday it would keep the show going.

Season four premieres in the United States on Sunday - the same day as the Golden Globe awards, where it's up for best TV comedy series and, for Dunham, best actress in a comedy series.

Inspired by some of Dunham's own experiences, the sitcom tracks the adventures and misadventures of a group of twentysomething female friends in New York's achingly hip borough of Brooklyn.

News of a fifth season follows on the success of 28-year-old Dunham's first book Not That Kind Of Girl, a collection of essays that remains high in the New York Times bestseller list.