Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Raising Hope The Pilot

With the hopes of using the powerful lead in of Glee, this new FOX half-hour comedy will try to succeed as another live action sitcom on their schedule where others have failed. Raising Hope is the story of a 23 year old guy who still lives at home and enjoys the night life. A one night stand results in a pregnancy with a felon on the run, that later leads to her giving birth in jail. Now he and his reluctant family must overcome their deficiencies in their attempts at Raising Hope.
The show stars Lucas Neff as Jimmy Chance, Cloris Leachman as Maw Maw, Martha Plimpton and Garret Dillahunt and his parents Burt and Virginia, also Bijou Phillips is guest staring as Lucy the mother of Hope.
Jimmy living at home, working as pool boy, is determined that there has to be more to life. His parents are already resigned to the fact that their lives are what they are, and Maw Maw has seemed to already lost her mind. Out to get Maw Maw’s bubble gum ice cream, Jimmy runs into Lucy who jumps in his van as he then speeds off, apparently saving her life. The next morning at the breakfast table, with Lucy using the facilities, the family sees on the news that this “sweet” girl is wanted for murder, and they decided to turn her in. Jumping ahead eight months later he finds out the news of her pregnancy, and the news she has been sentenced to the electric chair.
Surviving in a house with people that have little or no experience with raising an infant properly, Jimmy’s choice to keep the baby has potentially helped him find his purpose in life. While still finding his way with the baby, a few run ins with the grocery store clerk, Sabrina played by Shannon Woodward (The Haunting of Molly Hartley), has introduced a seemingly likable character that has entertaining ways of keeping her self busy as well as sane in her mundane job.
Although the show clearly has many unbelievable situations, I will be interested in seeing how the show progresses. The characters are only somewhat interesting up to this point, and our societal shift towards Idiocracy is very apparent.

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