Fox Renews Four: The Following, New Girl, The Mindy Project, and Raising Hope
Adorable, quirky women with dating problems and adorable women with their eyes scooped out in grisly murders, good news! Aside from your relationship suicides and bloody murders, you're going to be just fine next year. Fox has announced early pickups for four of its series, asking for new seasons of comedies New Girl, The Mindy Project, and Raising Hope, and new drama The Following.
The renewals for New Girl and The Following aren't much of a surprise, as both shows have been solid for Fox. Though its numbers are down from last season, New Girl (which is currently in Season 2) does well with the ladies, ranking as the number-one comedy for women aged 18-34 (lucky for Schmidt). The Following has emerged as a rare midseason success this season, ranking as the number-two network drama once DVR numbers are factored in. Its second season will almost certainly be for 15 episodes, as star Kevin Bacon has stipulated a limit in his contract to make sure he has time for other projects.
More servings of Raising Hope and The Mindy Project were not as certain, but Fox appears to be happy enough with its Tuesday comedy block (or maybe not happy with what it has in development?). Raising Hope will enter its fourth season, while Mindy will be back for Season 2. This will keep Fox's Tuesdays largely intact; the network can choose just one more comedy from the eight comedy pilots it has in development, plus a few more as midseason insurance. Based on talent alone, I'd think Andy Samberg's cop comedy has the best shot at making it to series, but tonally, the Gavin & Stacey remake Friends and Family starring Jason Ritter and Alexis Bliedel would fit well alongside Mindy and Zooey.
Fox canceled Ben and Kate earlier this year, and still has decisions to make about Touch, the upcoming midseason comedy The Goodwin Games, and Glee. The first two are almost certainly goners, and a Glee renewal is just a formality as long as it still sells songs on iTunes.
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