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Raising Hope “Pilot” 

Photo Credit: Fox

I hadn’t planned on giving this show a chance but when I started hearing good things about it I wanted to take a look. And I’m glad I did.

I’m calling this a TV Quickie. That means I’m going to keep this short and sweet, just like a delicious cupcake: enjoyed and gone in a few bites. Yuuum. Cupcakes…

Let’s start with the cast:

Lucas Neff as Jimmy Chance. He’s new to me. He came across as an average Joe who just wants to do the right thing. I believe he can do this and I’m rooting for him. How about when he asks Sabrina about the baby food? Loved it.

Garret Dillahunt as Burt Chance. I’ve been a fan for a long time but I’ve only seen him in dramatic roles. If you’re having trouble placing his face, check him out in Deadwood, The 4400, or Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. And that’s just naming a few of his television credits.

Martha Plimpton as Virginia Chance. Simply, she’s amazing. Some of the lines coming out of her mouth are shocking but she makes it all ok. I’ve loved her since The Goonies, but you might recognize her from recent stints on The Good Wife and Fringe.

Shannon Woodward as Sabrina. She’s got a mouth on her – and a bad attitude – and I love it. Here’s to the produce doodler. You might remember her from The Riches.

Cloris Leachman as Maw Maw. What can I even say about this woman other than she’s awesome?

The story: Jimmy is a bit of a slacker who isn’t sure what to do with his life. When he finds out he impregnated a murderer – who is executed after she has the baby – he steps up to be a father. The fact that he has no idea what he’s doing makes the show both funny and poignant. And as he continues to mess up his mother repeatedly suggests that he safe drop Hope at the fire house. Jimmy refuses. He wants people to look at him differently, like he’s special. He wants a purpose and Hope is it.

Some really funny moments:

Is it weird that I laughed when they threw up on the baby? I asked a friend at work and not only did he laugh, he TIVOed back to watch it again. I feel better.

I also laughed when Hope (still named Princess Beyonce at the time) went flying across the backseat in her baby seat. I couldn’t help it. It was such a great visual.

I’m already hooked. I can’t wait to see what happens next week.

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