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'Awkward' renewed for fifth and final season

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MTV has renewed Awkward for a fifth and final season, EW has learned.

The series initially debuted in July 2011 to 1.72 million viewers. The show picked up some momentum, becoming one of MTV’s signature comedies, though it never rose above 2.3 million. There’s been a somewhat steady decline in subsequent seasons. Last Tuesday’s episode drew 1.25 million viewers.

Currently in its fourth season, the comedy hasn’t been quite the same creatively since creator Lauren Iungerich left after season three. Among the show’s speed bumps included the introduction of total pathological liar Eva (Amber Horn), an antagonist to Ashley Rickards’ Jenna. Thankfully, the show has since nixed that storyline.

The final season is expected to be split in two, keeping in line with previous years.

Awkward airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on MTV.