By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol
4:38 PM CST, March 4, 2013
Fox will have more killing and comedy next season. The network announced Monday it was renewing Kevin Bacon's serial killer drama "The Following" and the comedies "The Mindy Project," "New Girl" and "Raising Hope."
"New Girl" will return for a third season, while "Raising Hope" earned its fourth. "The Mindy Project" and "The Following" will be back for their second seasons.
A slew of actors from the Chicago area appear in the shows. "Raising Hope" has Lucas Neff, while Ike Barinholtz writes for and stars in "The Mindy Project." Nico Tortorella stars in "The Following." Lamorne Morris and Jake Johnson bring the laughs to "New Girl."
Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly praised "The Following" in a press release.
"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," Reilly said. "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."
The second season of "The Following," like its first, will be 15 episodes. The comedy pickups give a boost to Fox's Tuesday night comedy lineup, which has struggled at times this season.
"We love working with these talented producers and casts who, week after week, create some of the funniest work on television," Reilly said. "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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