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Pilot View: Fox's new comedy 'Raising Hope'

June 30, 2010 | 10:00 am



Editor’s note:  We offer you our first impressions of the original pilots for fall shows. Keep in mind that these are not reviews and that the networks may make significant changes to these shows before they air. We reserve the right to love them or hate them more later.

"Raising Hope" is a single-camera comedy about a family that finds itself adding an unexpected member to its dysfunctional group. Jimmy Chance is a 23-year-old slacker who lives at home with his parents, his great-grandmother and cousin. He becomes a father as a result of a one-night stand with a woman who eventually gives birth in prison.

Who's in it: Lucas Neff ("The Beast") as Jimmy; Martha Plimpton ("How to Make It in America") as his mother; Garret Dillahunt ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles") as his father; Skyler Stone ("The Mentalist") as his cousin; and Chloris Leachman as his "maw maw."

Who made it: Greg Garcia ("My Name Is Earl").

Thumbs up: If you missed your weekly dose of Garcia's take on white-trash America, here's another slice of it. Well-written and has plenty of colorful characters played by a terrific cast. Plus, Cloris Leachman in a bra and a baby named Princess Beyoncé.

Thumbs down: You might get tired of the toilet humor.

Verdict: We're hopeful.

— Maria Elena Fernandez

Video credit: Fox


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