Fox took care of some paperwork today and announced three renewals, two of which definitely fell into the "No duh!" department. As expected, Fox is bringing back new comedy New Girl and network staple Glee for the 2012-2013 season. But the real bit of news here is that Raising Hope will return for a third season as well.
New Girl is one this season's breakout comedy hits and has been putting up great numbers in the younger demographics for Fox thanks to Zooey Deschanel's hypnotic quirkiness and irresistible cuteness that has been known to inspire hardcore criminals to wear polka dots. I'm looking forward to Zooey posting a picture to Instagram of herself in a snorkel, singing a ukelele song about thanking Fox. Glee will continue to air as long as there are pop songs to recycle and an audience that is too complacent to do anything else. I'm looking forward to Ryan Murphy saying, "It's about time, I'm fantastic." Raising Hope is the heartwarming story here. The goofy family comedy was considered a bubble show, but apparently the ratings were good enough for Fox, which had previously struggled with live-action comedies. I'm looking forward to more Cloris Leachman "acting" like she's going senile.
The big question is what Fox will do with these shows next season. With almost a dozen comedies in the works this pilot season, Fox should be able to Voltron together a pretty strong comedy block anchored by New Girl at 9pm and Raising Hope somewhere nearby. I just don't see New Girl being paired with Glee anymore; it's now strong enough to stand on its own. If Fox was smart, it would move Glee to a new night and claim Tuesdays as its comedy dominion.