Girls and gore are proving to be a winning strategy for Fox as the network announced on Monday it was renewing “The Following,” “New Girl,” “The Mindy Project” and “Raising Hope.”
“The Following,” which stars Kevin Bacon as a former FBI agent tasked with stopping a serial killer’s cult, is coming back for a second 15-episode season. The series, created by Kevin Williamson and Maros Siega, is a ratings hit for the network, and has gotten an even bigger boost from DVR viewers, making it the No. 3 drama overall for the season.
The Tuesday comedies “New Girl” (starring Zooey Deschanel), “The Mindy Project,” (Mindy Kaling) and “Raising Hope” (Lucas Neff and Martha Plimpton) will also be back for new seasons.
“New Girl,” which will be heading into its third season, is Fox’s highest-rated comedy series and also gets a sizable ratings boost from DVR viewers. While never a breakout ratings success, “Raising Hope” has been steady enough through three seasons that it will return for a fourth.
The one new comedy, “The Mindy Project,” saw its ratings rise when another Tuesday -- “Ben and Kate” -- was yanked from the schedule, making it strong enough to return for a second season.
The network also said that negotiations were still ongoing for a fifth season of its long-running hit “Glee.”