Breaking News: Fox Announces One-Hour Series Finale of RAISING HOPE

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Press 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.” [Read more…]

A Candid Conversation with RAISING HOPE Creator Greg Garcia, who Talks Greyson Chance, Jimmy’s Love Life and Reveals Exclusive Details on the Second Season Premiere You Won’t See!

In anticipation of tonight’s much-anticipated return of RAISING HOPE — which by the way we guarantee will be the funniest half hour you see all week — your very own TV Addict was recently given the opportunity to sit down with creator Greg Garcia at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles where he candidly talked about his inspiration for the show (“Rich people are annoying”), the genesis of tonight’s special guest star Greyson Chance (“He’s just amazing”) and the series premiere you won’t see (“I was going to do an episode which basically said that she [Hope’s mom] survived the execution.”). See for yourself, after the jump. [Read more…]

Advertising Anarchy: RAISING HOPE

Just in time to mark tonight’s return of RAISING HOPE to Fox’s schedule comes our latest instalment of Advertising Anarchy (Also known as our take on how networks might wish to consider promoting some of our favorite new and returning shows). Which by the way would be your cue to see if we can make #givehopeachance (Also known as last season’s most under-appreciated comedic gem that follows the [mis]adventures of the Chance family as they find themselves raising baby Hope) a trending topic on Twitter in 3… 2… 1… GO!

Today’s TV Addict Top 5: Questions with RAISING HOPE Star Martha Plimpton

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How does one go from being one of television’s most prolific guest stars to a series regular?
Martha Plimpton: Well, it happened sort of organically in the way it usually happens I think for people. I hadn’t been looking particularly for a series regular gig but I also wasn’t not looking for one. I was shooting a movie in Toronto, I got a call that there was this pilot script that would be coming towards me and I should give it a read, they said it was from Greg Garcia and I knew about him for a long time and was a big fan so I thought, “Great.” Then when I read it I just loved it, it was hilarious and it actually made me laugh and I thought, “Well, this never happens, ever, so I better get on this.” I don’t want to sound too mystical, but the character just seemed perfect, I just identified with her right away, I loved her sense of humor and I love the way she was written. I talked to Greg on the phone, he gave me the rundown on what the plan was, I flew out to L.A. to audition and went through the whole process like every other actor would do and luckily it worked out. Every week the scripts just seem to get tighter and funnier and I’m really liking being able to see this character, all of the characters actually, develop and become more themselves. I like working with an ensemble of actors and learning each others rhythms and figuring each other out and that’s really exciting for me.

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