In the high-pressure world of TV, it is always important for networks to maintain their best assets before the competition can get a look-in, and having the mid-to-long term security of many animated series secured, Fox have snapped up new seasons of several of their live-action formats ahead of time.
Leading the slate of four shows confirmed for a return on the network are Zooey Deschanel-led ‘highest-rated comedy’ New Girl (pictured) and Kevin Bacon drama The Following, while Raising Hope and The Mindy Project have also been given ‘early renewals’ to seal their presence on Fox for next year. The announcements follow on from confirmation of crime dramedy Bones coming back for a ninth season, and ‘ongoing negotiations’ to bring musical drama Glee in for a season five.
For the more recent confirmations, though, it is known that The Following, which began in January, will be most likely to return to screens at the same point in 2014 for a 15-episode midseason run, according to Bacon’s contract. Fans of New Girl, meanwhile, will be able to see a third season of the ‘bubbly and offbeat’ Jess (Deschanel) and her life in an apartment with three men, presumably set to begin in September as with previous runs.
Fox’s entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly noted of The Following‘s strong start: “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. 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.”
He added of the three recommissioned sitcoms: “We love working with these talented producers and casts who, week after week, create some of the funniest work on television. 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.”