FOX ANNOUNCEMENT:

 Renewal of “NEW GIRL,” “RAISING HOPE” AND “GLEE”

  FOX has ordered a second season of the freshman breakout hit NEW GIRL, a third installment of the irreverent family comedy RAISING HOPE and a fourth season of the genre-defying musical sensation GLEE.   All-new episodes of GLEE began on April 10--Tuesdays (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), beginning tomorrow, April 10, with NEW GIRL remaining at 9:00-9:31 PM ET/PT, and RAISING HOPE returning to its regular time slot at 9:31-10:00 PM ET/PT.    Good news indeed! Although I wasn’t crazy about New Girl at first, I have to say it really grew on me. In the fall, Zooey Deschanel seemed to be trying too hard to be quirky and her personality and character seemed dialed up about two marks too high. However, she settled into a believable and lovable eccentric twenty-something and she is surrounded by a great ensemble of young actors. The break out of this supporting cast is the actor who plays the oversexed, ego driven, but secretly insecure Schmidt.     Max Greenfield’s acting experience is impressive as he has had recurring roles in some of the best quirky dramadies of the last ten years, including Ugly Betty and Veronica Mars.  Greenfield’s work is so rich, layered, real and funny that he reminds me of some of the greatest supporting performances in sitcoms throughout history, like Valerie Harper as Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris on Roseanne. Here’s hoping the Emmy nominating committee finally recognizes his work here.    I also like Raising Hope a lot. Although it occasionally goes over the top into unrealistic zaniness which stretches character believability, it has a fantastic cast. Even if I sometimes find myself thinking, that was lame, or they are trying too hard, I always find something funny in the show. This show is definitely part of my weekly televising viewing. So much so, that I have a couple of favorite episodes already.     Glee is something all its own. Although I haven’t been able to watch much this year, there is still nothing like it on TV. So glad there will be some knock out musical numbers around for another year.