'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.

  • Jaime04


    FOX is May 13th

  • stevenD

    With these 3 comedies and a commitment to multi-cam Dads, I wonder what they’ll do with their comedies next year.

    Should be interesting to see their schedule next year. Honestly, they will renew Glee but things would be easier without it.

  • DW

    i can justify because its a 1.5 and it usually comes in 3rd or 4th in its slot depending when the voice is on. i’m not hating the show on the quality , just the ratings.

  • JacobYates

    It places fourth or fifth in its slot because of the tough competition. Not because it’s a weak show. Also, it’s a self starter you know.

  • JacobYates

    Third and fourth I meant. Not fourth and fifth.

  • lau

    Glee is doing pretty well’ is a sure thing it will get renewed

  • Alan

    I thought Mindy would be cancelled. But why no Glee? I guess it’s dead now.

  • JacobYates

    A show like Vegas for instance pulls a 1.5 with no competition whatsoever. Raising hope pulls 1.5 against NCIS and (sometimes) the Voice. That’s impressive for a FOX sitcom.

  • Alan

    It would be expected to see Glee getting cancelled. This season has been lame, It keeps losing viewers and I guess the actors have huge paychecks and they won’t want less in order to keep an affordable buget. If it were cancelled, it would remind me of The O.C.

  • Will

    Glee hits 88 episodes this season. Maybe Fox will just call it a day with “Glee”, and sell it into syndication?

  • Aron

    since new girl and mindy is airing after American idol if they do good there fox would put 2 comedies there next season

  • TVfan

    Literally every single non-white female I know is watching The Mindy Project so if FOX wants to combine that with the already female-heavy New Girl audience they’re smart

  • terij

    Love all three fox comedies. Yeh Mindy! It’s not always funny, but when it is, its really good. It can be quirky, cute and fun. All three comedies fit well together. The Following was too gory for me, though I hear its gotten better.

    I wish Red Widow on ABC had done better, I really liked watching the mob connections and the family dynamic. Oh well, I’ll watch all the episodes they show (and wish it could be more).

  • Sky


    While it’s pretty much a given that Glee will get renewed for a 5th season (barring a catastrophe in the ratings for the rest of the spring, which I don’t see happening), it’s not Fox’s 2nd highest rated show. Not anymore. Those days are long gone.

    The fact is, the show’s retention out of Idol isn’t good, and its retention throughout the hour is dreadful. They bleed over a million viewers every episode.

    If I were Fox, I’d renew Glee for 13 episodes, put it on Monday nights at 9pm after Bones, and then replace it mid-season with The Following. The show is just way too expensive to put on Friday nights, but it’s wasted in the post-X-Factor/Idol spot (I think New Girl/Mindy Project would do better there). But it’s clear that Glee is no longer strong enough to anchor a night, so I think pairing it with Bones for the fall is a good compromise.

  • Jared

    I really like The Following but hope this storyline doesn’t stretch out over more than this current season.

  • dan

    i watch all of them
    raising hope funnier than most nbc-ass comidies

  • denroy3

    I just bailed on ‘The Following’ this night, with the “MIRACULOUS” escape of the main baddie serial killer. Just too much is being asked of me in the suspension of disbelief department.

  • Verus

    No surprise about the following but renewing comedies that gets around 1.x something in the demo surprises me.

  • R


    Raising Hope has been renewed to get the show to 88 episodes for syndication. FOX are apparently very happy with The Mindy Project creatively, they must be hoping that the show builds on its audience, they’re airing both New Girl and Mindy after Idol in a few weeks. It’s a great show, which undeniably should be doing better, and there’s every chance it will.

  • David Howell


    And like the animation block, the shows outperform their 18-49 numbers in advertising revenue because they skew so young (that the 18-34 demo was mentioned throughout the press release is not coincidence). Interesting to see the Teens demo mentioned too, I’ve often wondered how valuable that is in network primetime given the emphasis on 18-49 – I know in Germany the key demo is actually 14-49, which is interesting.

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