'The Following', 'New Girl', 'The Mindy Project' & 'Raising Hope' Renewed by FOX

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March 4th, 2013


via press release:



FOX has ordered a second season of the year’s most thrilling new series THE FOLLOWING, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.


“From the very beginning, we felt Kevin Williamson and Marcos Siega had created a high-quality, edge-of-your-seat drama that could break from the pack, and it is exciting to see the audience responding,” said Reilly. “Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy have given us two of the most compelling characters on television and the entire cast is incredible. I’m delighted to have this thrill ride continue on FOX for another season.”


After only six airings, THE FOLLOWING is already the No. 2 broadcast drama and the No. 3 drama overall this season with Live+7 ratings. Since it launched, the psychological thriller has also quickly established itself as one of the most buzzed-about series in social media, ranking as the No. 1 new broadcast drama in total social comments.


In tonight’s all-new episode (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), Joe Carroll (James Purefoy), with the help of attorney Olivia Warren (guest star Renee Elise Goldsberry), makes a case against Ryan (Kevin Bacon) and the FBI to be transferred to a different facility, but Ryan suspects a larger plan may be at play. Meanwhile, Emma (Valorie Curry) and Joey (Kyle Catlett) arrive at a meeting point and come across another follower who has a secret of his own.


The full-throttle drama continues with nine all-new episodes airing Mondays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.


THE FOLLOWING is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Outerbanks Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television. The series is created, written and executive-produced by Kevin Williamson. Marcos Siega (“Dexter,” “The Vampire Diaries”) also serves as an executive producer and directed the pilot. “Like” THE FOLLOWING on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheFollowing. Follow the series on Twitter @TheFollowingFOX and join the discussion at #thefollowing.




All-New NEW GIRL and THE MINDY PROJECT Air Tuesday, March 12;

One-Hour RAISING HOPE Season Finale Airs Thursday, March 28


FOX has picked up comedy series NEW GIRL, THE MINDY PROJECT and RAISING HOPE for the 2013-14 season, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. NEW GIRL was picked up for a third season, THE MINDY PROJECT received a second season order and RAISING HOPE was renewed for a fourth season.


“We love working with these talented producers and casts who, week after week, create some of the funniest work on television,” said Reilly. “These shows are creatively vibrant, they have established a loyal and passionate audience and they will continue to define and grow the FOX comedy brand next season and beyond.”


Season to date, NEW GIRL ranks No. 1 among comedies in its core Women 18-34 demographic and is a Top 10 comedy among Adults 18-49. THE MINDY PROJECT has emerged as the No. 1 new comedy of the season among Women 18-34, while RAISING HOPE, which has anchored FOX’s Tuesday nights this season, is a Top 20 sitcom among Adults 18-34 and Teens.


In “Guys Night,” the next all-new episode of NEW GIRL, airing Tuesday, March 12 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT), Jess (Zooey Deschanel) comes to a conclusion about her romantic feelings for Nick (Jake Johnson), and she struggles to tell him – until she’s hopped up on pain medication. But after admitting her feelings, she finds out he may have been keeping something from her. Meanwhile, Schmidt (Max Greenfield) becomes obsessed with buying a fish, which Winston (Lamorne Morris) sees as a metaphor for Schmidt's unresolved feelings toward Cece (Hannah Simone), and Nick plans a bar promotion to impress the bar owner (guest star Odette Annable).


In the all-new “Mindy’s Birthday” episode of THE MINDY PROJECT airing Tuesday, March 12 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT), Morgan (Ike Barinholtz) throws Mindy (Mindy Kaling) a surprise birthday party, but when her two worlds collide – personal and professional— it’s nothing to celebrate. Meanwhile, Jeremy (Ed Weeks) and Danny (Chris Messina) fight over the same girl (guest star Kelen Coleman, “Newsroom”).


The hour-long season finale of back-to-back RAISING HOPE episodes, “Burt-Mitzvah/Mom’s Day”, airs on a special night and time, Thursday, March 28 (9:00-9:30/9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) after AMERICAN IDOL (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed). In “Burt-Mitzvah,” Burt’s (Garret Dillahunt) parents (guest stars Shirley Jones and Lee Majors) come to town with the surprising news that their son actually is Jewish. So Burt takes a musical crash course in his newfound heritage, to prepare for the Bar Mitzvah he never had. Then, in “Mom’s Day,” it’s a Mother’s Day to remember as Burt and Barney (Gregg Binkley) take a road trip to Maw Maw’s (Cloris Leachman) childhood home and discover that her mother may still be alive. Needless to say, multiple generations of crazy gather under one roof.


NEW GIRL stars Emmy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated actress Zooey Deschanel as a smart, spirited and single young woman who navigates her way through the highs and lows of modern friendship and romance, alongside her three male roommates (Jake Johnson, Emmy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated Max Greenfield, Lamorne Morris) and her beautiful best friend (Hannah Simone). Created by Liz Meriwether (“No Strings Attached”), NEW GIRL is produced by Chernin Entertainment in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Meriwether, Dave Finkel, Brett Baer, Jake Kasdan, Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope are executive producers. “Like”             NEW GIRL on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NewGirlonFOX. Follow the series on Twitter @NewGirlOnFOX and join the discussion at #newgirl.


Created and written by Mindy Kaling (“The Office”), THE MINDY PROJECT stars Kaling as a skilled OB/GYN trying to balance both her personal and professional life. THE MINDY PROJECT is produced by 3 Arts Entertainment in association with Universal Television. The series is created and written by Mindy Kaling. Kaling, Howard Klein (“The Office,” “Parks and Recreation”), Matt Warburton (THE SIMPSONS) and Michael Spiller (“Modern Family”) are executive producers. “Like” THE MINDY PROJECT on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TheMindyProject. Follow the series on Twitter @MindyProjectFOX and join the discussion at #themindyproject.


Created by Emmy Award winner Greg Garcia, RAISING HOPE follows the Chance family as the unplanned addition to their family becomes a toddler. The show stars Lucas Neff, Emmy Award winner Martha Plimpton, Garret Dillahunt, Shannon Woodward, Emmy Award winner Cloris Leachman and Gregg Binkley. RAISING HOPE is produced by Amigos de Garcia Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television. “Like” RAISING HOPE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RaisingHope. Follow the series on Twitter @RaisingHopeFOX and join the discussion at #raisinghope.

  • Dan

    @JacobYates – FOX can justify renewing Raising Hope simply to get it to 88-90 eps for syndication plain and simple, but for most comedies, 1.5 is the new 2.5. you’re right, standards have lowered to the point where a 1.9 is considered a it for shows like Chicago Fire where even a few years ago that might be considered a flop. Now shows are still cancelled with low numbers but other shows are given leeway.

    @The End – Fair enough, but it seems safe to say we won’t be seeing THe Flintstones anytime soon. But Seth can always revisit the idea and it seems FOX will always be open to it.

  • Ultima

    standards have lowered to the point where a 1.9 is considered a it for shows like Chicago Fire where even a few years ago that might be considered a flop.

    There have never been standards; it’s always been relative performance.

  • Dan

    @Ars041 – I don’t think it will be for multiple seasons in terms of Glee, I just think its contracts and little things with the stars. Next season could be the final season, especially if the show gets moved to fridays.

    Glee’s numbers have dropped significantly even after Idol so it wouldnt surprise me if next season was the end. Also I doubt they will split the high school / city storyline over 2 seasons. Maybe every other episode.

    @Fake Me Out – Showrunners change all the time but it won’t have a big effect on Raising Hope. I think if the show does change it will be the fourth season effect. Shows naturally become more different in their fourth seasons but its not to do with the show runner. Shows just get older and we recognize the characters after being so familiar after the first 3 seasons. Community was a good example and a lot of people are bashing the show for the quality lacking because Dan Harmon left. While I think its a different show, I think Community’s change has more to do with the scheduling. Cougar Town changed show runners and networks but has managed to stay the same, but there are differences now that the 2 main characters are married. I don’t think Raising Hope will change and if it does, maybe its because of the
    fourth season effect.

    @John – I agree The Mindy Project could have been seen as a “Save Face renewal” since Ben & Kate and The Goodwin Games are basically axed, however The Mindy Project has improved in quality and numbers so its not surprising that FOX wants to give it another season.

    @Laura – For New Girl, the show has had 24 eps in season 1 and 25 in season 2, I wouldn’t be surprised if it got 24-25 eps in season 3. FOX likes giving a lot of eps to their live action comedies.

  • DW

    show runners leaving a show doesn’t hurt the show anymore. look at community. the network fired its show runner and its still doing lousy. :)

  • Dan

    @Ultima – Thats basically what I meant by Standards. NBC’s relative performance in the fall is that The Voice and everyhing that it led into like Revolution, Go On and The New Normal were high relative to the shows around it but now without the voice all those shows (except Revolution because its never aired w.o the voice) have dropped. So pretty much all networks standards have dropped where a 1.5 is considered acceptable in some cases. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of the time series will still be pulled because of those numbers but in terms of NBC, there standards have lowered since there have been times around 2009 where Parks and Community have gotten 2.0, 2.2 and The Office still pulls 4.0s. Relatively Parks and Community do worse but NBC is still wiling to accept those numbers.

    Its a bit of both really.

  • Michael1

    It doesn’t look good for “The Cleveland Show.”

  • Cristian

    I can’t imagine how they can continue The Following for another season. Something major will have to change in order to keep things interesting, they can’t just keep doing this Ryan vs locked-up Joe for another year.

  • Glue

    The Mindy Project is doing pretty well. Out of all new shows, The Mindy Project and The Following are the only ones that are doing well… Am I mistaken?

  • Art Vandelay

    I’m happy for New Girl and Raising Hope! I don’t watch Mindy or The Following, but good for them as well!

    This is a great site with a vast amount of good/entertaining info. However, the one lingering question I still have is: How do they figure out the age demo? Is it by survey? Or something else?

    Can anyone help? I’m lookin’ at you Bill LOL

  • Nick

    A writer from Raising Hope tweeted me today when i asked him if episodes 23 and 24 were rolling into Season 4. He responded with…


    @Slicknickshady yes, you are correct. As far as we know now that’s the plan.

    So that is a little clarity.

  • Laura G

    Glee isn’t going anywhere their in talks they’ll probably do a sixth season they have to for Kurt and Blaine to get married :)

  • Laura

    @Dan, thanks for answering my question! The more episodes, the better! I love New Girl. I hope they’ll have 25 episodes again.

    @Josh, for syndication rights, the show would need 88 episodes. It used to be 100. But the requirement has been lowered to 88 now.

    @Nick, if they are showing episodes 23/24 in season 4, I wonder how episode 22 will feel in terms of a season 3 finale episode. Raising Hope tends to do huge finales! Episode 22 won’t feel like a true finale. Unless, they knew that the other two episodes will be shown in the next season, which I doubt.

  • tom

    this show started out great but it’s really starting to suck. no way the fbi is as stupid as they appear on this program and that schmaltzy music playing when ‘joe’ killed his follower was ridiculous. seriously lame when bacon and the female agent went inside to get their buddy and left the getaway vehicle perfectly intact. ‘hey fellow killers, the fbi left our car so we could easily get away!! those fbi guys sure are cool’.

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