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'Raising Hope' to end next month

Martha Plimpton and Garret Dillahunt in the comedy

Martha Plimpton and Garret Dillahunt in the comedy "Raising Hope." (Credit: Fox)

"Raising Hope' - itself a great comedy hope for Fox upon arrival in 2010 - will end in early April, the network just announced.

 The news release: 

Critically acclaimed comedy RAISING HOPE will end its four-season run with a special one-hour farewell event Friday, April 4 (9:00-9:30/9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT). The series finale kicks off with the all-new episode “How I Met Your Mullet” (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT), in which guest star Lesley Nicol (“Downton Abbey”) plays Jimmy (Lucas Neff) and Sabrina’s (Shannon Woodward) new maid. Then, in “The Father Daughter Dance” (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT), Virginia’s (Martha Plimpton) dad (guest star Jeffrey Tambor, “Arrested Development”) returns to Natesville with a big surprise for her and Burt (Garret Dillahunt), including a musical performance by Kenny Loggins (guest-starring as himself). “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,” said executive producer Mike Mariano. “We planned our Season Four 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.” “Getting to know and love the Chance family on RAISING HOPE has been a sweet, hilarious ride,” said Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment and Joe Earley, Chief Operating Officer, Fox Broadcasting Company. “Thanks to the incredibly talented cast – along with Greg, Mike and the entire crew – for making us laugh for four fantastic seasons.”

Tags: Raising Hope , Fox , Martha Plimpton , Garret Dillahunt , Lucas Neff , Cloris Leachman

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