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Lucas Neff, Martha Plimpton Cast in Greg Garcia Comedy for Fox

by Jane Murphy, posted Nov 12th 2009 5:00PM
'Seinfeld' introduced "fugitive sex" to prime time (George Costanza couldn't get enough). Leave it to my 'My Name Is Earl' creator Greg Garcia to bring together casual sex and capital crime.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Garcia's upcoming Fox pilot, 'Keep Hope Alive,' concerns Jimmy (played by new name Lucas Neff), a first-time dad who'll need a village to raise his tot. Jimmy barely knows the mom, who has somehow ended up on Death Row, and his own youthful mother (played by Martha Plimpton) doesn't want to be anyone's granny.'Seinfeld' introduced "fugitive sex" to prime time (George Costanza couldn't get enough). Leave it to my 'My Name Is Earl' creator Greg Garcia to bring together casual sex and capital crime.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Garcia's upcoming Fox pilot, 'Keep Hope Alive,' concerns Jimmy (played by new name Lucas Neff), a first-time dad who'll need a village to raise his tot. Jimmy barely knows the mom, who has somehow ended up on Death Row, and his own youthful mother (played by Martha Plimpton) doesn't want to be anyone's granny.

You could say Garcia writes a mean pilot. 'My Name is Earl''s premiere episode won Garcia the Emmy for Best Writing in 2006. In a memorable acceptance speech, Garcia listed all the people he DIDN'T want to thank ("My eighth grade social studies teacher who told me to sit down and shut up because I wasn't funny. No thank you, Mr. McAdoo ...")

If you know Plimpton only as the girl from 'Goonies,' then you're not a Broadway baby. Plimpton racked up three consecutive Tony Award nominations, including a nod last year for the musical revival of 'Pal Joey.' Another 'Hope' co-star, Olesya Rulin, is a 'High School Musical' veteran. With Plimpton and Rulin's pipes onboard, it begs the question: Will Garcia go 'Glee'? We'll find out if the pilot takes off.

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