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Renewals and Cancelations: One of Television's Sitcom Gems Gets Renewed, But Loses Its Showrunner

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 5, 2013 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 5, 2013 |

I mentioned it in a post yesterday, and on this week’s Station Agents podcast (due up soon), and I will continue to beat on that drum: If you’re not watching “Raising Hope,” you’re missing one of the most charming, earnest, and clever sitcoms on television. It’s not exactly irreverent, and it doesn’t machine-gun blast pop-culture references at you, but it is sweet, it is funny, and it is coming back for a fourth season.

Fox announced yesterday that “Raising Hope” has been picked up for an additional season, along with “New Girl,” “The Mindy Project,” and “The Following.” I do not like “The Following,” but I’m glad Mindy Kaling gets another season to continue working into the series’ rhythm (it’s getting much better, although it’s not quiet there yet) and, well, “New Girl” is with “Parks and Rec” as one of the two best sitcoms on television. Also, speaking of “The Mindy Project,” Chloë Sevigny has signed on to play Danny’s ex-wife for a multi-episode arc beginning in April.

On the flip side, Greg Garcia — the showrunner for “Raising Hope” — will be departing the show, handing it off to his top lieutenant, and focusing on his new CBS sitcom with Will Arnett. As we’ve come to learn from “Community” and “Cougar Town” this season, showrunner do mean a lot to a show. I suspect, knowing he was on his way out, that this is why Garcia has been working his old shows, “Yes Dear” and “My Name is Earl” into “Raising Hope,” which has had a string of four or five episodes, which have been the best of the series. Last week’s was my favorite, although if you didn’t watch “My Name is Earl,” you’d probably miss a lot of the jokes, but you’re sure to understand the Almost Famous gag that Garcia worked in with Jason Lee. It was sublime.

Here’s a fantastic clip from last week’s episode.

There’s only two or three episodes left this season, but it’s never too late to start from the beginning and catch up in time for season four. It’s totally worth it. You can watch the first two seasons on Netflix.

Meanwhile, the cast of “Happy Endings,” which has been banished to Friday nights, where it will likely die a slow, painful death (booo!) discusses their move (via WG)

Finally, despite promises that next year would be the last season for “Dexter,” there were a lot of rumors suggesting that the show — currently getting its highest ratings ever — might return for a ninth season to help prop up Showtime’s new crop of shows. Les Moonves — the president of CBS, which owns Showtimes — dispelled those rumors. Next season, which starts this summer, will definitely be the last. Probably.

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