'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.

  • MichaelChickless

    Somebody help! I think John is stuck in a time machine!

  • The End


    But I was under the impression while the show wouldn’t be out any time soon, Fox has literally shelved the show to be revisited when both parties are in a position to continue their interest? You can call it scrapped if you want, there’s an equal chance it’l never see the light of day.

  • Shepherd


    “Am I am the only one who thniks it’s king of stupid to renew show for second season before premiere? I mean I know it has Bacon etc, but if it actually flops?

    Are you a troll, or are you simply unable to read?? I’ll say it again in case you simply have poor eyesight.


  • JulieDawn

    Yay for The Following – I’m definitely hooked on that and think it’s well deserving of the early renewal.
    But come on – The Mindy Project? Whatever.

  • Michael

    Why are people surprised by Mindy’s renewal? Fox can’t cancel all the low rated sitcoms. The show has been pretty steady at 1.6!

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Ends the value of any ratings discussions about The Following, basically, although the show may still drop somewhat (or not.)

    I wouldn’t agree with the statement that the “entire cast” is incredible. Certainly the leads are doing a good job. And the moron trio, as I like to call them, are adequate – but only that. The problem is their characters are moronic and need to die soon.

    Rest of the shows renewed I couldn’t care less about.

  • CP

    Mindy? Really?

  • The End

    @Richard Steven Hack

    I agree, it makes Annie Parisse being killed off in Person of Interest bearable now that she has a decent role in The Following.

    Kevin Bacon is really something else though, what a fantastic actor he is, he has such a presence on the screen.

  • CBSviewer

    I hope FOX ordered more episodes for The Following’s second season. I don’t want a full season of 22-24 episodes bit 16 or 18 would be good.

  • SarahL

    Yay for Mindy! I think that the ratings will improve next season, I hope anyway.

  • CrimTV

    “Meanwhile, negotiations for a fifth season of Glee are ongoing, Deadline reports.”

  • Jason

    The Mindy Project got the renewal because none of FOX’s newbies could stack up against it despite being low-rated.

  • spin

    So, so, SO happy for The Mindy Project and New Girl! :)

  • a p garcia

    I watch all of them execpt I gave up on TMP, would rather watch NCIS:LA. I think Glee should be moved to Tues next TV season followed by NG.

  • ethan

    Good for the following…rele good show

  • JacobYates

    “I guess 1.5 is the new 3.0.”

    How can you possibly justify hating Raising Hope? It is a self starter and it goes up against NCIS. If you put Mindy or New Girl in that time slot then they would suffer too. I hope FOX recognizes that Raising Hope can consistently deliver decent ratings against the #1 show on network TV. If it delivers these ratings next year in the same slot against ratings juggernaut NCIS, it might just see a 5th season too.

  • JacobYates

    Ben and Kate’s removal from the schedule was just the boost Mindy needed. New Girl’s ratings have risen with B&K gone too, but it was never in any danger.

    Great for the Following as well. I’ve DVRd all of the episodes, just waiting to hear this news. Time to start watching.

  • steve

    I am glad FOX stuck with Raising Hope. That is a huge surprise! The show is hilarious and reminds me so much of My Name Is Earl. And the recent episode of RH with the cast of MNIE was top notch!

    Thank you FOX!

  • lll

    The Following is renewed for 15 episodes and will return midseason.

  • darkpassenger

    If the renewal of the Mindy Project is a surprise (I’m not personally surprised), it should be because its an NBC Universal show on Fox, so the network has less interest in seeing this show get to syndication, as they won’t benefit financially. Unless, you count the audience bounce that can be obtained post-syndication (ie the Big Bang Theory), but I don’t think we have a BBT theory in the making here- as its a single camera, laugh track free comedy.

    Both Raising Hope and New Girl are 20th Century Fox shows on Fox, so the network/studio/corporation has much more to gain by keeping these around.

    Fox must really enjoy the Mindy Project creatively, because the business side made the renewal seem somewhat questionable.

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