The creator of Fox’s “Raising Hope” is exiting, stage left.
Greg Garcia, as part of his recent deal with CBS Television Studios, will exit and be replaced by Mike Mariano as showrunner.
Mariano has been an executive producer and writer on “Raising Hope” since 2010. He previously worked with Garcia on “My Name is Earl.”
Garcia’s overall deal with CBSTVS is for four years. Under the deal, he received two pilot orders at CBS; “Super Clyde” starring Rupert Grint (“Harry Potter”), and the “unauthorized” comedy with Will Arnett (“Up All Night”). One of the two is considered a lock to end up on CBS’ schedule this fall.
“Raising Hope” was renewed by Fox for a fourth season Monday. “Raising Hope” is from 20th Television, where Garcia’s Amigos de Garcia used to be.
Interestingly, two other established series face similar situations to “Raising Hope’s.” Hart Hanson (“Bones”) has “Backstrom,” which if it goes to series his No. 2, Stephen Nathan, would take over his day- to- day responsibilities. Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist”) also has CBS/ WBTV drama pilot “The Advocates” waiting in the wings while “The Mentalist” waits to get renewed.
Mariano is represented by CAA.