Back in October, Fox’s new comedy Raising Hope became the first freshman series this season to receive a back order. Today, it became the first freshman series to receive a second-season pickup. Fox is making the announcement at TCA this morning. This is a big vote of confidence to Greg Garcia’s single-camera comedy, which is Fox’s highest-rated new series this season with an average of a 3.0 rating among adults 18-49 (including DVR viewing), boosted by a big Glee lead-in. It is also the only new fall Fox series to make it beyond the original order, with drama Lone Star and comedy Running Wilde canceled. “I’m happy that the show is getting another year,” Garcia said. “But the fact that I’ve been trying to think of a funny quote for the last two hours and this is the best I could come up with makes me a little nervous about season two.”
Besides a top showrunner, My Name Is Earl creator Garcia, the 20th TV-produced Raising Hope boasts a solid cast, led by standouts Martha Plimpton and Garret Dillahunt. “Raising Hope has emerged as a comedic standout: wickedly smart, hilarious and full of heart,” Fox’s entertainment president Kevin Reilly said. “Greg Garcia and his great cast have established an appointment show on Tuesday nights this season and we’re confident it’s just the beginning of great things to come.” Raising Hope returns with originals in the Tuesday 9 PM slot on Feb.8.
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