Fox renews 'The Following' plus 3 comedies

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Fox has renewed freshman serial killer thriller The Following for a second season, plus is ordering additional seasons of three comedies — a third round for New Girl, a fourth season for Raising Hope and a second season for The Mindy Project.

Not on the pickup list (for now): Glee. The acclaimed comedy musical is expected to return for a fifth season, but negotiations between the network and studio are still ongoing. Long-running procedural Bones was renewed for a ninth season back in January. Friday night straggler Touch is not considered likely to return for a third season, though Fox says no decision has been made.

With The Following, Fox will continue its cable-sized-seasons strategy, ordering another 15 episodes instead of the usual 22-episode full season.

All the shows Fox picked up today were considered likely to return, though the recent numbers for Raising Hope and Mindy Project are below the levels that Fox would have likely found acceptable a year or two ago. The Following has averaged 11.7 million viewers and a 4.0 rating among adults 18-9 when including seven days of DVR playback. New Girl has averaged 6.4 million viewers and 3.5 rating; Mindy Project has 4 million and a 2.1 rating; Raising Hope has 4.5 million and a 2.0 rating.

“From the very beginning, we felt Kevin Williamson and Marcos Siega had created a high-quality, edge-of-your-seat drama that could break from the pack, and it is exciting to see the audience responding,” said Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly in a statement regarding The Following. “Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy have given us two of the most compelling characters on television and the entire cast is incredible. I’m delighted to have this thrill ride continue on Fox for another season.” Regarding the comedy pickups Reilly added, “these shows are creatively vibrant, they have established a loyal and passionate audience and they will continue to define and grow the Fox comedy brand next season and beyond.”

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