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Fox Plans an Hour of 'Raising Hope,' Gives Full Season Order: Could This Mean the End of 'Running Wilde'?

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 6th 2010 3:40PM
'Raising Hope'Showing an immense amount of faith in its new comedy 'Raising Hope,' Fox will air back-to-back episodes of the show following the 'Rocky Horror Picture Show'-themed 'Glee' episode on Oct. 26, The Futon Critic reports.

Unfortunately, that means 'Running Wilde' will be pre-empted that night -- not a good sign for the flailing new series, which has been struggling in the ratings. The 'Raising Hope' experiment could be a sign that Fox has already started to think of replacements for 'Running Wilde' -- then again, it could also simply be a way for the network to drum up hype for 'Raising Hope.'

Additionally, Fox picked up the show's back nine episodes today, Deadline reports, officially ordering a full season of the series.

'Raising Hope,' about a twentysomething guy raising a daughter -- the result of a one night stand with a felon -- has gotten off to a promising start, with 7.5 million viewers tuning in to the premiere and a 3.1 rating. Its second episode earned a 3.2 rating, but fell 16 percent last night to a 2.6, according to TV By the Numbers. 'Running Wilde,' on the other hand, which airs directly after 'Raising Hope' on Tuesday nights, has been steadily falling since its debut, and got a 1.8 rating last night.

What do you think of the scheduling decision? Is this the beginning of the end for 'Running Wilde'?

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I really like Raising Hope. I think it's one of the best shows of the new season, but Running Wilde is good, too. I think it's like Seinfeld in that it might take a little time to hit its stride. I only hope that Fox keeps it on long enough for that to happen.

October 07 2010 at 7:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was hoping to like both of these new FOX comedies. Raising Hope definitely exceeded my expectations and is one of my new favorites. Running Wilde is a bit all over the place for me, but I'm still giving it a chance. I hope they can at least finish out their 13 episodes to see if they can find a more solid footing.

October 07 2010 at 7:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is a show that deserves a chance. Glad to see FOX giving it one.

October 06 2010 at 10:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I really like this show. It's sweet and funny and Cloris Leachman is a joy to watch.

October 06 2010 at 5:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Good move, Raising Hope is great!

October 06 2010 at 4:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Dennis's comment

I originally was looking forward to Running Wilde (based on reviews) and had it set up to dvr for the season. After watching the pilot, which was horrid, I cancelled the recording.

I then decided to give Raising Hope a try -- not having heard that much about it, but wanting to add a new comedy to my schedule. It's fantastic.

Seems like maybe the network is paying attention to viewer reactions like mine. Thumbs up!

October 06 2010 at 4:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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