The Chance family is no more, as it was announced today that Fox has cancelled Raising Hope after four seasons. The quirky comedy will air its series finale with two back-to-back episodes Friday, April 4 starting at 9 pm.
From My Name Is Earl creator Gregory Thomas Garcia, Raising Hope was the first live-action sitcom to find an audience on Fox in quite a while. It helped usher in New Girl and The Mindy Project, both of which have been renewed for the 2014-2015 fall TV season. Last year, Raising Hope served as an anchor for both of these series, but was moved to Fridays this past fall.
Fox Chairman Kevin Reilly and COO Joe Earley made the following joint statement,
"Getting to know and love the Chance family on Raising Hope has been a sweet, hilarious ride. Thanks to the incredibly talented cast - along with Greg, Mike and the entire crew - for making us laugh for four fantastic seasons."
Gregory Thomas Garcia left the series heading into Season 4, after he moved from 20th TV, which produces the sitcom, to CBS TV Studios. Mike Mariano has continued as showrunner this past year.
Starring Martha Plimpton, Garret Dillahunt, Lucas Neff, Shannon Woodward and Cloris Leachman, the series will have an afterlife, as it has just been sold into syndication. And those worried that the series won't have a true send-off, Mike Mariano confirms that the Raising Hope Season 4 finale was designed as it's last, knowing that it was probably not going to get renewed.
He had this to say about the finale,
"We planned our Season Four 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."
The fate of two other Fox live-action sitcoms, Dads and Enlisted, has not been decided.