Fox on Monday said “nope” to a fifth season of Raising Hope.
The network will air a two-part series finale on Friday, April 4, thereby bringing an end to the peripatetic Greg Garcia comedy.
Since debuting in September 2010, Raising Hope has occupied no fewer than six different time slots. In its first three seasons, Hope ping-ponged across Fox’s Tuesday night schedule before being shifted to Thursday for its Season 3 finale … which aired a full month after its most recent original broadcast date.
When Fox in advance of this season moved Hope to Fridays, the writing was on the wall for the daffy family comedy. Fox stacked back-to-back episodes of Hope for five weeks, whereupon it was paired with the freshman sitcom Enlisted.
Season-to-date, Hope is averaging 2.16 million live-plus-same-day viewers and an anemic 0.7 in the adults 18-49 demo.
“On behalf of myself, Greg Garcia and Raising Hope’s amazing cast and crew, I would like to thank our audience for tuning in and supporting us over the last four seasons,” said executive producer Mike Mariano, by way of announcing the cancelation. “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. Thanks again, and we’ll see you in syndication.”
Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly thanked the cast and creators of Hope for “making us laugh for four fantastic seasons.”
Earlier this afternoon, Lucas Neff tweeted his appreciation to fans of Hope before bidding farewell to his on-screen character, Jimmy Chance.
Garcia left the show last March, after signing a four-year deal with CBS Television Studios. He was replaced by Mariano, who had served as an executive producer and writer on the show since 2010 and had previously worked with Garcia on My Name Is Earl.
Garcia’s CBS sitcom The Millers is the season’s No. 1 new comedy.