Raising Hope

Fox cancels Raising Hope

After four seasons, the comedy series Raising Hope is coming to an end.  “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,” EP/showrunner Mike Mariano said in a statement. “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.”

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8:00pm – Friday, December 14 on FOUR

Deadwood co-stars, Garret Dillahunt and Sean Bridgers are reunited onscreen when Bridgers guest stars in Raising Hope, continuing its second season on Friday, December 14 th at 8pm on FOUR. The episode, titled “Kidnapped”, will see the former Deadwood stars raise a new kind of havoc when Burt Chance (Garret Dillahunt) gets kidnapped in the flashback instalment.

“Me and Sean will have a lot to do in this episode,” Dillahunt explains, “he’s heavily involved in the flashbacks.” Adding: “How’s that? Is that vague enough as a tease?”

Make sure not to miss this reunion-followed-by-a-kidnapping when Raising Hope screens on Friday, December 14 th at 8pm on FOUR.

8:00pm – Sunday, November 18 on FOUR

Raising Hope takes a look back at what when the series concludes its first season on Friday, November 23 rd at 8pm on FOUR. In the flashback episode, titled “Don’t Vote For This Episode”, the Chances recall the events of the year Jimmy (Lucas Neff) turned 18, including Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman) kicking them out of the house; Jimmy’s goth phase; and Burt (Garret Dillahunt) and Virginia’s (Martha Plimpton) belated entry into adulthood.

“I think it’s the best episode of a good season,” says Garret Dillahunt. “I think my favourite part of the episode is all the chance meetings or passings that happen [with] people that we don’t know that we’re heavily involved with in five years. I think that’s really cool.”

His least favourite part? Well, the part that left him sitting opposite a real-life alpaca, covered in a spit-like goo, naturally.

“There are some things that are funny to watch but aren’t so funny to shoot. This was one of those,” the actor explains. “It made all these little noises. And we didn’t know if that was a satisfied sound or a dissatisfied sound.”

Make sure not to miss this when Raising Hope concludes its first season on Friday, November 23 rd at 8pm on FOUR.

8:00pm – Friday, November 30 on FOUR

YouTube-sensation turned pop singer, Greyson Chance guest stars as the younger version of Jimmy (Lucas Neff) in Raising Hope, entering its second season on Friday, November 30 th at 8pm on FOUR. Following last week’s season one finale flashback – when fans learned that Jimmy’s everyday attire once included goth makeup – this week fans get to travel back in time even further to learn that teenage Jimmy was gifted musically.

“What I love about this episode is there are some happy moments, there are some sad moments, there are some annoyed moments. It’s just a very heart-warming episode. It also has a very cool twist, which I love too,” Chance, who plays young Jimmy explains. “It’s pretty sad,” adds Neff. “Obviously, I peaked early!”.

Make sure not to miss this when Raising Hope enters its second season on Friday, November 30 th at 8pm on FOUR.

8:00pm – Friday, November 16 on FOUR

Jaime Pressly and Ethan Suplee guest star in Raising Hope when the series continues on Friday, November 16 th at 8pm on 3. The former My Name Is Earl stars will play a married couple in the season’s penultimate episode, titled “Baby Monitor”.

“Burt [Garret Dillahunt] and Virgina [Martha Plimpton] sort of become involved in their life more than they want to,” series creator, Greg Garcia explains. “They become entangled in some drama that’s going on at the Suplee-Pressly household.”

Make sure not to miss this when Raising Hope screens on Friday, November 16 th at 8pm on 3.

8:00pm – Friday, August 31 on FOUR

My Name Is Earl’s Jason Lee brings some ’80s glam into the lives of the Chance family in Raising Hope, screening on Friday, August 31 st at 8pm on FOUR. Lee joins the hit comedy as musician Smokey Floyd, who headlines the local market’s “Grocery-Palooza” concert, much to the thrill of Burt (Garret Dillahunt).

“Jason plays this sort of aging, falling-apart, former hair-band lead singer,” says Martha Plimpton, who portrays Virginia Chance on the series. “He comes to town to help rescue my husband [Burt], who’s always wanted to play in a band.”

The guest appearance reunites Lee with Raising Hope creator Greg Garcia, who also created My Name Is Earl.

“There are probably 30 crew members on this that worked on My Name is Earl and being with Greg [Garcia] at the monitors, it literally feels like I’m on the set of Earl,” Lee explains.

“It’s sort of like a Kevin Smith thing now with Greg,” Lee continues, referring to the Clerks director. One of Lee’s first starring roles came in Smith’s 1995 film Mallrats and he has since appeared in six of Smith’s directorial efforts.

“It’s nice to have what feels like a group of go-to people that feel like they are your friends outside of the business.” Having spent hours in the makeup chair to get Smokey’s worn-out look, Garcia says Lee was the logical choice for the aging rocker.

“Early in the process, we looked at having an actual musician play this role, but because the character is not very flattering, nobody was really interested in making fun of themselves that much,” he says.

“Then we made it a fictional character and immediately I said, ‘Let’s see if Jason will do it because he’ll be absolutely hysterical’.”

Make sure not to miss him in all his ageing rocker glory when Jason Lee guest stars in Raising Hope, screening on Friday, August 31 st at 8pm on FOUR.

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8:00pm – Friday, July 6 on FOUR

From the creator of My Name Is Earl, Raising Hope, coming to FOUR on Friday, July 6 th at 8pm, centres around 23-year-old Jimmy Chance (Lucas Neff) as he adjusts to life as a single father in an extended dysfunctional family.

“I’m just drawn to the underdogs of the world,” creator Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl) says about his latest characters – the Chance family, four financially strapped generations huddled under one roof.

“They’re living week to week.” And the struggles don’t end there. After a one-night stand with a beautiful serial killer, Jimmy becomes a single parent, making his own folks ridiculously young-looking grandparents.

“It’s the blind leading the blind,” says Garcia, “but now they’re getting a second chance to do things better.” Like My Name Is Earl, Raising Hope is both cutting and sweet – a comedy in which the broad humour springs from real-life problems.

“It might be heightened a bit for the sake of television, but the situations are ones many people find themselves in when raising a kid for the first time, or even a second time,” says Martha Plimpton, who portrays Jimmy’s mother, Virginia.

“And Greg [Garcia] understands the stress and terrors of that, so the show earns any of the edginess it has.” Make sure not to miss it when Raising Hope comes to FOUR on Friday, July 6 th at 8pm.

Perry to guest in new sitcom

Katy Perry has signed on to feature in new sitcom Raising Hope in a guest role. The singer will play a prison attendant who claims to be a friend from one of the characters’ pasts.

Top Model renewed

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Heroes actor joins new pilot

Former Heroes actor Milo Ventimiglia has landed a role in new Frank Darabont crime drama LA Noir. The actor will reportedly play a marine who becomes a “fixer” for the mob.

Phillippe drops out of pilot

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Margera arrested

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7:00pm – Sunday, December 11 on TV 3

When the Chances seek legal advice about their wills, Burt (Garret Dillahunt) is dismayed by Jimmy’s (Lucas Neff) decision to assign Hope’s (Bayley Crecut) guardianship to Sabrina (Shannon Woodward) in the Raising Hope season finale, screening on Sunday, December 11 th at 7pm on 3. Watching Raising Hope’s dim-witted Burt, one might wonder, “Where have I seen this guy before?” The answer: everywhere. “I just enjoy working so much, it’s hard to say no,” says Garret Dillahunt. But with the acclaimed actor hiding himself so well in each character – and with other roles so different from the Chance family’s lovably oafish patriarch – he’s actually pretty hard to pin down.

Along with a less menacing part on The Glades (co-starring real-life wife Michelle Hurd), Dillahunt’s played an assassin on Burn Notice, a paralysed serial killer on Criminal Minds, a murderous machine on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and a paedophile on SVU: Special Victims Unit.

That’s not even counting the crooked cop or the cannibal from films like Winter’s Bone and The Road. “Even when he’s playing these sickos,” says Raising Hope co-star Martha Plimpton. “Garret can make you feel like you’re getting inside these guys.”

But how will his latest character react to the news that Jimmy wants to assign Hope’s guardianship to Sabrina? Find out when Raising Hope concludes on Sunday, December 11 th at 7pm on 3.