'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.

  • Ekras

    @greg Like mostly everyone, am praying for Glee’s cancellation. It’s an abomination that needs to be destroyed and wiped from the history books. Musicals + TV = Baaaaaad idea.

    @everyone else: Can you say “Duh” about The Following etc…… kinda surprised by Mindy getting an early renewal, but otherwise everything is as expected.

  • Jenny

    I answered my own question Deadline is reporting Glee is going through negotiations for a fifth season.

  • James

    >Glad to see “Raising Hope” getting a fourth (i.e. syndication-driven) season.

    The ratings were pretty much exactly the same as Mindy and it didn’t have the cushy lead-in. I think it got renewed on the merit of its ratings rather than the drive of syndication. At least I hope so, gives it more of a chance of Season 5!

  • KT

    YAY for New Girl & The Following! Fantastic news!

  • BigBrotherFan

    Will you freakin GLEEKS get over yourselves? The show has not been doing very well and given it’s budget DESERVES to be canceled. HELLO? FINDER NUMBERS!

  • Katie

    Glee is going through contract negotiations. I gotta wonder who will be kept and who will be let go or leave voluntarily.

  • Nick

    Still confused about the last two episodes of Raising Hope this season. Fox keeps saying Season Finale for the next two but their should be two more.

  • Tom

    Mindy is a bit of a surprise for me. Fox has to be committed to 2+ hours of comedies on the schedule… but Mindy on Fridays at 8:30 doesn’t seem to have the most hopeful of prospects.

    The lack of Glee is also interesting. The profitability of iTunes sales vs. song licensing at its current lower ratings has always fuzzy, and this certainly suggests the numbers aren’t coming up roses. I don’t think Fox can afford NOT to have Glee, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they shed cast and number of songs per episode.

  • Tristan

    15 episodes?

    So another January start for the Following next year?

  • samurai99

    Oy, I really don’t think the Following is going to be able to keep it’s ratings. But I’ve been wrong before.

  • Katie


    I have never understood the need for Glee to put so many songs in an episode it didn’t use to be that way…I guess greed. I’m wondering who will be let go, i’m expecting FOX to tell Ryan to pick a side Lima or NY (vets or newbies) and stick with it.

  • I Love TV!

    FOX will renew Mindy, just to cancel it with really low ratings by next October…. Can’t see a winner in this show

  • Mary

    I”m sure The Following will be 15 episodes again next season. That’s the only way Kevin Bacon agreed to do the show.

    I might check out this season when it comes out on DVD. I wanted to watch it this year but I’m already watching Dallas and didn’t want to add another show to my DVR list.

  • Jenny


    Deadline reported that those extra two episodes may roll into season four, which annoys me.

  • Oliver

    Fox renews The Mindy Project: Because their comedy night is a work in progress.

  • Samunto

    Those ratings uptick that Mindy Project showed as from Januar are what warranted a pick up. And Fox’s Tuesday block seems to be the only one that will survive till next season with ABC done and NBC failing without The Voice. Expect a drama after The Voice next season.

    And probably because their developement slate ain’t that good.

  • Rebecca

    There are two additional episodes of RH but maybe they’re saving them for next season. Happy it’s coming back along with Mindy and NG. I don’t watch The Following, but happy for its fans.

  • Nancy

    Hell Yeah for Mindy I’m so happy about the renewal.

  • Bee

    YAY MINDY! WOO! i hope the show continues to show an uptick in the ratings and forms a stronger combo w. new girl so it stays there next season.

  • RyanCanada

    im happy about this, i watch all these shows.

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