Fox has canceled “Raising Hope” after four seasons. The sitcom’s last episode will run as a two-part, one-hour finale on April 4.
The night will kick off at 9 p.m., with the episode “How I Met Your Mullet,” in which guest star Lesley Nicol (“Downton Abbey”) plays Jimmy (Lucas Neff) and Sabrina’s (Shannon Woodward) new maid.
Then, in separate a half-hour titled “The Father Daughter Dance,” Virginia’s (Martha Plimpton) dad (guest star Jeffrey Tambor, “Arrested Development”) returns to Natesville with a surprise for her and Burt (Garret Dillahunt), including a musical performance by Kenny Loggins (guest-starring as himself).
“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,” executive producer Mike Mariano said 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,” Kevin Reilly, chairman of entertainment and Joe Earley, chief operating officer, Fox Broadcasting Company added. “Thanks to the incredibly talented cast — along with Greg, Mike and the entire crew — for making us laugh for four fantastic seasons.”
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“Raising Hope,” created by Garcia (“The Millers”), premiered in the fall of 2010. Starring Emmy Award-winners Plimpton and Cloris Leachman — along with Garret Dillahunt, Neff, Woodward and Gregg Binkley — the series follows a lovingly dysfunctional family as they raise an adorable yet unexpected addition to the family: a little girl named Hope.
In 2011, Plimpton and Leachman were both nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards for their leading (Plimpton) and guest (Leachman) roles on the show.