Raising Hope, the sitcom about a single father and his wacky family, was recently cancelled by FOX. The series finale is presently set to air on the network this April.
To give the show a proper sendoff, producers have lined up Arrested Development alum Jeffrey Tambor and singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins for the last episodes. According to TV Guide, the finale will follow Virginia and Burt as they prepare for the big wedding they never received. Fans can bid farewell to the show on April 4.
Raising Hope producer Mike Mariano said the episode should give the family and the viewers a proper ending to the show. He explained, “It closes a circle in the lives of the characters that I hope will make loyal watchers and future binge-watchers feel like this wonderful, 88-episode trip had a purpose.”
Entertainment Weekly reported earlier this month that FOX would end Raising Hope with a pair of back-to-back episodes. The sitcom will say goodbye to the Chances after four seasons on the air.
Mariano said in a statement following the announcement:
“On behalf of myself, Greg Garcia and Raising Hope’s amazing cast and crew, I would like to thank our audience for tuning in and supporting us over the last four seasons. We planned our Season 4 finale with this possibility in mind, and hope our loyal fans enjoy the way we’ve chosen to say goodbye to the Chances and to Natesville. Thanks again, and we’ll see you in syndication.”
Not surprisingly, lots of fans are upset that FOX decided to bring Raising Hope to an end. Even this writer is a little sad to see the Chances ride off into the proverbial sunset. Check out a few reactions to the news below.
— Andrew Gleason (@andrewgleason) March 19, 2014
Goodbye @RaisingHopeFOX. You were a fun show to appear on and even more fun to watch.
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) March 11, 2014
I feel terrible that Raising Hope got cancelled but reflexively want to ask @garretdillahunt "so, now that you're not seeing anyone…"
— Zack Stentz (@MuseZack) March 11, 2014
— Louis Peitzman (@LouisPeitzman) March 11, 2014
R.I.P. Raising Hope. A great group of people, cast and crew! I look forward to whatever they'll all do next!
— Paul F. Tompkins (@PFTompkins) March 10, 2014
If you haven’t experienced the unbridled joy that is Raising Hope, then you need a Netflix streaming subscription post-haste. Although FOX decided to cut the series from its schedule, at least we have of plenty of seasons to keep us happy well into the future.