After four seasons on the air, the sitcom Raising Hope has been canceled by the Fox network. The network announced today that the two-part series finale will air on Friday, April 4th, from 9 to 10pm. Starring Lucas Neff, Martha Plimpton, and Garret Dillahunt, Raising Hope follows a clueless 20something and his dysfunctional family raising his child from a one night stand. The show premiered in the fall of 2010 and has seen its ratings steadily declining season by season ever since, made all the worse by Fox moving the show to a Friday night death slot this past season.
By the time it finishes its run, Raising Hope will have aired 88 episodes and four seasons. The show was sold into syndication last year to a bunch of local network affiliates and cable networks FXx and CMT. It will make its syndicated debut this fall.
Fox gave an early renewal to three of its live action sitcoms this weekend (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Mindy Project, and New Girl), while the network has yet to announce a decision on its other two (Dads, Enlisted).
Showrunner Mike Mariano, who took over this season, released a statement:
“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. 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.”