There's Hope for Television: FOX Renews 'Raising Hope'
There's Hope for Television: FOX Renews 'Raising Hope'
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Continuing in the parade of early pick-ups begun by ABC yesterday, the FOX Network has announced its first 2011-2012 single-season pick-up. And it's not necessarily the most obvious of shows. While we still await word on the fates of such powerhouse shows as House, the new comedy, Raising Hope, has been renewed for a second season.

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The show centers on a young man who finds himself with a baby after an accidental one-night stand with a serial killer. Created by Greg Garcia (the same guy who brought us My Name Is Earl), Raising Hope features a poor-but-hard-working and crazy-but-loving family going about their daily lives.

With critical praise and moderately good ratings, Raising Hope remains the lone survivor of FOX's new fall shows: Lone Star didn't even make it to a third episode, while Running Wilde recently fell to the blows of cancellation. Although there are several new shows debuting this winter, most of the FOX lineup now consists of veteran programming. The inclusion of even one freshman show definitely keeps a mix on the network.

Show creator Greg Garcia expressed his pleasure at the announcement as well: "I'm happy that the show is getting another year. 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."

This renewal comes even though Raising Hope itself has joked about its inevitable cancellation. When discussing how their infant granddaughter didn't seem to do all that much, Burt and Virginia Chance pointed out that babies were boring and how that was the reason why baby-centered shows only last for a single season. Way to prove yourself wrong, Raising Hope!

What do you think about this news? Are you surprised about Raising Hope's early renewal? Which other shows deserve a pick-up for next season? Leave a comment to share your opinion!

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