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Fox cancels 'Raising Hope'

Raising Hope is saying goodbye. Fox announced Monday that it will air two back-to-back new episodes to end the comedy’s four-season run on April 4.

The series finale will begin with “How I Met Your Mullet” which will guest star Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey), followed by “The Father Daughter Dance” featuring Jeffrey Tambor. It will also include a musical performance by Kenny Loggins.

Raising Hope has averaged 2.7 million viewers this season and a 1.0 rating in 18-49.

“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 in a statement. “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.”

“Getting to know and love the Chance family on Raising Hope has been a sweet, hilarious ride,” added Fox chief Kevin Reilly in a statement. “Thanks to the incredibly talented cast – along with Greg, Mike and the entire crew – for making us laugh for four fantastic seasons.”

Raising Hope, which was created by Garcia, bowed in the fall of 2010 and stars Martha Plimpton, Cloris Leachman, Garret Dillahunt, Lucas Neff, Shannon Woodward and Gregg Binkley. New episodes begin airing this Friday at 9:30 p.m. on Fox.

'Downton Abbey' star Lesley Nicol to guest on 'Raising Hope' -- EXCLUSIVE

If you’ve always enjoyed Mrs. Patmore’s comedic timing on Downton Abbey, you’ll like this news: Lesley Nicol is set to guest on an upcoming episode of Raising Hope. She’ll play Eleanor, Nana’s (Tippi Hedren) former maid, who comes back after major surgery to fulfill her contract. The episode, #419, will air later this spring.

Raising Hope airs Fridays at 9 p.m. on Fox.

'Raising Hope': The Chances throw down a musical hoedown to jog Maw Maw's memory -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

With all the twists and turns leading up to Raising Hope‘s fourth season premiere, it’s understandable that Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman) might get a little confused from time to time — even if she weren’t already pretty loopy to begin with. But fans of the off-the-wall octogenarian needn’t fear because the Chances have a new antidote: music!

In an exclusive clip from Hope‘s two-episode premiere, the whole gang launches into a ukulele-pluckin’, guitar-strummin’ recap of the series so far so Maw Maw can get her bearings. Check it out below. READ FULL STORY

'Raising Hope' cast washes their mouths out with soap (doesn't take on Shannon Woodward) -- VIDEO

Fox’s Raising Hope returns for its fourth season on Nov. 8, and the show celebrated its youngest character growing up and talking with a photo shoot reminding the Chance family (and the adult actors) to watch their mouths.  As you’ll see in the hilarious behind-the-scenes video below, costar Shannon Woodward could use another reminder. READ FULL STORY

New fall TV art: 'Bones,' 'Almost Human,' 'Sleepy Hollow,' 5 more -- EXCLUSIVE

Below EW exclusively presents brand new art of eight Fox fall shows, including returning series Bones, Raising Hope and The X Factor (with newcomers Paulina Rubio and Kelly Rowland). Plus, there’s new cast photos of new drama Almost Human starring Karl Urban and Michael Ealy, Sleepy Hollow headlined by Tom Mission and Nicole Beharie, new comedy Brooklyn Nine Nine with Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher, Dads starring Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi and Enlisted with Geoff Stults and Chris Lowell. Get the premiere dates for each show, or watch the trailers.

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'Raising Hope' musical season-finale preview -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Tonight on Raising Hope‘s one-hour season 3 finale (Fox, 9 p.m. ET), Burt’s parents (guest stars Shirley Jones and Lee Majors) finally inform him that he is Jewish, and as he prepares for his Bar Mitzvah, he learns about his heritage — through song. The cast teases the musical episode below. READ FULL STORY

Rupert Grint to join CBS comedy 'Super Clyde'

Rupert Grint is making the leap to the small screen to star in Greg Garcia’s (Raising Hope) new single-camera CBS comedy. A representative for the Harry Potter actor confirmed the Hollywood Reporter‘s story that Grint will play the role of Clyde — a sweet, anxious fast-food employee who loves comic books and dreams of being a superhero. When he discovers that he’s set to inherit $100,000 a month from a dead relative, he decides that his wealth will be his super power.

A rags-to-riches philanthropic superhero who uses his money for good? Sounds fun enough, but hopefully Clyde will at least buy himself an awesome costume.

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'Raising Hope': Garret Dillahunt and Martha Plimpton preview Jimmy and Sabrina's wedding -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Garret Dillahunt claims there will be “absolutely no hijinks” during the Raising Hope wedding, airing next Tuesday on Fox. And costar Martha Plimpton affirms, saying “everything is going to be absolutely smooth and normal.” But we think they’s joking. Actually, we’re sure of it!

The proof lies in this exclusive preview of the episode, which finds Jimmy and Sabrina heading to the altar.

Check it out for yourself below. READ FULL STORY

'Raising Hope' goes back to the future with Christopher Lloyd -- VIDEO

Back to the Future‘s Christopher Lloyd guest stars on Tuesday’s Raising Hope (Fox, 8 p.m. ET), playing a bank representative who Burt and Virginia must convince to clear Jimmy’s debt (which, because his parents are Burt and Virginia, dates back to his childhood). Even if Burt and Virginia have to give up their new DeLorean for the cause, we hope they get to keep the new DeLorean door they put on their house. Excellent idea.  READ FULL STORY

'Raising Hope' stages 'Yes, Dear' reunion -- EXCLUSIVE

Mike O’Malley and Liza Snyder are reuniting for Raising Hope!

EW has learned exclusively that the former Yes, Dear stars are set to reunite in an episode set to later this season. O’Malley and Snyder will guest star as a couple who finds an old sex tape that Burt (Garret Dillahunt) and Virgina (Martha Plimpton) made many years ago.

“As one of the world’s biggest Yes, Dear fans, I am very excited about this reunion,” says Raising Hope executive producer Greg Garcia, who co-created Dear with the late Alan Kirschenbaum. “I can’t wait to work with Mike and Liza again. Two incredibly funny people who turn my tin cans into gold every time.”

O’Malley and Snyder previously played married couple Jimmy and Christine Hughes on Yes, Dear for six seasons until the show’s conclusion in 2006. O’Malley currently has a recurring part as Burt Hummel on Glee.

Raising Hope returns to Fox on Jan. 8 (8 p.m. ET), with an episode featuring a guest appearance from Christopher Lloyd.

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'Raising Hope' welcomes Chris Klein as Jimmy's 'almost brother' -- VIDEO

On tonight’s episode of Fox’s Raising Hope (8 p.m. ET), we learn that Burt and Virginia briefly gave Jimmy up for adoption when they were teen parents. Now Jimmy wants to find his “almost brother” Brad, played by Chris Klein. Get a tease below of both Klein’s take on the character and the cast’s love for their latest guest star. (It’s worth it just to see Garret Dillahunt struggle to make a heart symbol with his hands.) READ FULL STORY

'Raising Hope' plans 'Back to the Future' episode with Christopher Lloyd -- EXCLUSIVE

Great Scott! Christopher Lloyd is coming to Fox’s Raising Hope.

Not only that, but the actor will appear in a Back to the Future-themed episode of the comedy series.

Lloyd plays a loan collector named Dennis Powers who calls on the Chances for some old debt after Jimmy (Lucas Neff) and Sabrina (Shannon Woodward) consider buying a new car on credit. We’re told you can definitely expect Lloyd (who, of course, played Emmett “Doc” Brown in the time-travel movie trilogy) to end up in the driver’s seat of a DeLorean. Lloyd’s last primetime TV acting gig was an appearance on Fox’s Fringe last year.

Raising Hope airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on Fox. In case you missed it, here’s executive producer Greg Garcia talking to EW.com about this season.

'Raising Hope' creator Greg Garcia talks season 3: Will Maw Maw find love?

Raising Hope‘s bizarre but touching second season finale almost felt like a series finale — everything tied up nicely, and it paraded a bunch of minor characters, past and present, through a Seinfeld-ian courtroom scene. Luckily for us fans, the Chance family’s weird adventures are far from over. Show creator Greg Garcia teased for us what we can expect in season 3, which begins tonight. Read on for scoop on Jimmy (Lucas Neff) and Sabrina’s (Shannon Woodward) relationship, whether Jimmy’s serial killer ex-wife Lucy (Bijou Phillips) is really dead, and whether Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman) will find love any time soon. READ FULL STORY

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