'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.

  • Ultima

    Called a 4 March renewal for The Following a couple weeks ago! :)

  • Shawn

    YAY for the FOLOWING!!!

  • AJ

    Apparently Mindy is huge in the 18-34 target group.

  • Ultima

    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.

    They will probably be part of next season. FOX is holding two episodes of Bones as well (even though it means they have to run repeats in May).

  • DW

    ugh. really?. i guess 1.5 is the new 3.0?. all arrested development and firefly fan are thinking WTF?

  • Ultima

    15 episodes?
    So another January start for the Following next year?

    Probably, unless they want to do a February – May run to take advantage of promotion out of the Super Bowl (premiering the following night).

    They couldn’t run it uninterrupted during the fall.

  • The End

    Well done to The Following, great show. Raising Hope will be more bittersweet as we all know it won’t get beyond a 4th season.

  • Greg

    My guess is that FOX will renew Glee for a full season and by February 2014 they’ll announce that the show is ending on May, like they did with House.

    And I don’t think Raising Hope ends next season. The last FOX sitcoms to achieve the 100-episode mark have been Malcolm in the Middle and That ’70s Show. I don’t think they’ll waste the opportunity to do this again with Raising Hope, even it gets just a final 13-episode season.

  • Ultima

    @Bill Gorman

    Good luck on the FOX Renew/Cancel headlines! ;)

  • Luke

    Looks like Raising Hope will get to the magic 88 for syndication.

  • The End


    A 13 episode final season(Fifth) for Raising Hope would be great, the show isn’t expensive to produce but will they do it? I’m not so sure. If the schedule allows it maybe

  • Dan

    Big shocker…no seriously this renewal was coming and shouldn’t have surprised anyone. In an otherwise OK season FOX had some flops (Ben & Kate, Mob Doctor) but also had a few well performing new shows. The Following built on Bones every week and FOX doesn’t want to pass up the chance for a well performing drama and The Mindy Project improved in quality and ratings after New Girl.

    I’m surprised Glee wasn’t included, but I’m sure there was a lot of contracts and deals to work out first. I expect a final season for Glee and if anything, quite possibly, Fridays at 8 or 9.

  • DW

    @ dan why would you move glee to Fridays? its doing better than mindy and RS. if anything move those sitcoms to Friday.

  • Jeremy


  • Max Vrany

    @Ultima/Bill, the SEO Gods demand a Glee headline tomorrow and then the Cleveland Show,… and FOX doesn’t have any shows up in the air besides that Touch.

  • kill00

    Who the hell is Mindy Kailing sleeping with? Glad fot the Following and Raising Hope though

  • Greg

    @The End

    It should allow it, even if it’s on Fridays.

  • The End


    Glee is unlikely to be moved, if anything it’l likely just remain on the same day.

  • Alan

    Glee will defo get renewed It does Ok and brings in alot of money with their songs on itunes

  • Dan

    @The End – No its 22 episode fourth season, why would FOX give it 13 and get it up to 79.

    @Ultima – Renew Cancel will probably just be recycled rotation of The Cleveland Show and Touch. They might mention Glee because it was excluded out of this press release. With so little shows on FOX compared to last season and most shows already renewed, its very hard to get good headlines.

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