EXCLUSIVE: It’s the end of the road for Fox‘s quirky family comedy Raising Hope, with the upcoming fourth-season finale serving as series finale. The blue-collar sitcom will bow out with an hourlong farewell on Friday, April 4, featuring back-to-back episodes from 9-10 PM.
Created by Greg Garcia, Raising Hope was the first comedy series in a while to stick at Fox. It proved a good utility player, doing well behind New Girl but also as a 8 PM anchor of the Tuesday comedy block last season. “Getting to know and love the Chance family on Raising Hope has been a sweet, hilarious ride,” said Fox chairman Kevin Reilly and COO Joe Earley. “Thanks to the incredibly talented cast — along with Greg, Mike and the entire crew — for making us laugh for four fantastic seasons.”
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Raising Hope had the odds stacked against it going into Season 4. Creator Greg Garcia left the series as part of his move from 20th TV, which produces Raising Hope, to CBS TV Studios. He was succeeded on showrunner duties by Mike Mariano. Then the show was sent to Fridays where it has languished, most recently pulling in a 0.5 18-49 rating this past Friday. The comedy, starring Lucas Neff, Martha Plimpton, Garret Dillahunt and Cloris Leachman, will have some after-life, as it has been sold in broadcast syndication. And the show’s loyal fans should not fear the series ending without a closure. “We planned our Season 4 finale with this possibility in mind, and hope our loyal fans enjoy the way we’ve chosen to say goodbye to the Chances and to Natesville,” Mariano said. “Thanks again, and we’ll see you in syndication.”
With New Girl, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Mindy Project just renewed and Raising Hope cancelled, the fate of two Fox comedy series — freshmen Dads and Enlisted — remains in limbo. Dads is considered to have a little better chance of coming back. The network also has upcoming midseason comedy series Surviving Jack.