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Cloris Leachman Gets 'Raising Hope' Promotion

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 1st 2011 11:30AM
Cloris LeachmanWhen 'Raising Hope' returns this fall, the show will have a brand new series regular: Cloris Leachman.

Yep, the veteran sitcom star has been upped from "special guest star" to series regular after a season.

When the show returns, look for them to have fun with Leachman in the title credits. Instead of a typical credit of "and Cloris Leachman," her credit will read "and introducing Cloris Leachman as Maw Maw."

"I thought it would be funny to make it 'introducing Cloris Leachman,' and she thought it was hilarious," series creator Greg Garcia told TV Guide.

Leachman's schedule kept her as a "special guest star" during the first season, but now everything has fallen into place for season 2.

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Greg Garcia on the 'Raising Hope' Season Finale & Cloris Leachman's Freakish Strength

by Joel Keller, posted May 16th 2011 4:00PM
Between seasons of a television show, most showrunners talk about breaking stories for the following season. Some talk about going on a much-needed vacation. Greg Garcia of 'Raising Hope' does something a little different: He runs contests on his Twitter feed.

'Raising Hope' - 'Don't Vote for This Episode'
"I'd done a little bit of the Twittering there once we stopped shooting because I thought well, I'm bored, I'll do it," he told me last week. "I was at a gas station and there was a pay phone, and I thought, well this'll be funny. So I tweeted, 'the first person to call this phone number gets $100.' And immediately, a guy from New Jersey called, and I sent him two fifties in the mail. So I've just been doing it for the last couple weeks. And it's been fun."

It's easy to be relaxed when your show gets an early renewal from your network; of all of FOX's freshman live-action comedies, 'Hope' was the only one to survive to its sophomore year, and will be airing at 9:30PM on Tuesdays starting in the fall. I spoke to Garcia about the season finale (Tues., May 17, 9PM ET on Fox), the challenges of the first season and why it's not wise to run away from Cloris Leachman.

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Jason Lee Guest Starring on 'Raising Hope' - Set Visit Interviews (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Nov 29th 2010 4:30PM
Jason Lee on This week, 'Raising Hope' goes rock 'n' roll. Like washed up '80s hairband rock 'n' roll.

Guest star Jason Lee -- who starred in creator Greg Garcia's last hit 'My Name Is Earl' -- is playing Smokey Floyd, a has-been rocker who also happens to be Burt's (Garret Dillahunt) musical idol. He's in town "headlining" Grocery-Palooza (Tues., 9PM ET on Fox), if that gives you any indication of how far he's fallen from fame. Need more proof? Just check out Lee's look: that tattered shirt, those python-print pleather pants, that receding hairline and mullet combo. He's almost unrecognizable, so it makes sense that he chose to do this interview in character as Smokey Floyd.

I caught up with old Smokey (who one star says "looks like Bon Jovi's grandpa"), Dillahunt and the rest of the gang at 'Raising Hope' to find out what Grocery-Palooza is all about and how the aging rockstar shakes things up.

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EXCLUSIVE: Details About Amy Sedaris' Guest Spot on 'Raising Hope' (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Nov 10th 2010 3:30PM
Amy SedarisAmy Sedaris is one of those rare women who can light up a room and make you laugh out loud, even when she's playing a completely horrible character.

Best known as Jerri Blank, the middle-aged ex-junkie in her so-wrong-it's-hysterical 'Strangers With Candy,' Sedaris has popped up on some very fun TV shows recently, including 'The Middle,' 'The Closer' and an upcoming stint on 'Royal Pains.'

Next stop: 'Raising Hope,' Fox's freshman hit sitcom (Tuesdays, 9PM ET).

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Is There Any Hope for the New Sitcom 'Raising Hope'? (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 29th 2010 8:45AM
Is There Any Hope for the New Sitcom 'Raising Hope'?One of the problems with 'Raising Hope' is that the sitcom is burdened with a fairly dopey title. It's about a guy who learns that he has a baby girl named "Hope," who he then must "raise" -- leading to the dumb pun that is the name of the show. The other problem with the sitcom is ... well, lots of stuff.

The set-up is that Jimmy Chance (Lucas Neff) has sex with a woman who turns out to be a murderer. The young lady gives birth to Hope, and then the mom is -- killed in the electric chair. Next, Hope's life is constantly put at risk by the incompetence of Jimmy and his white trash relatives. So already we've got murder, execution, and child endangerment as a combo. Not necessarily a perfect template for a cutesy sitcom.

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Jimmy Asks a Stupid Question About Baby Food on 'Raising Hope' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 22nd 2010 5:36AM
'Raising Hope''Raising Hope' (Tue., 9PM on FOX) is the latest brainchild from Greg Garcia ('My Name Is Earl'), and there are a lot of familiar elements here for fans of 'Earl.' Both feature somewhat dopey families, only 'Hope' centers around the a baby named Hope that Jimmy Chance (Lucas Neff) and his family have to raise.

Get it? 'Raising Hope'? 'Cause they're going to raise the baby named Hope, but maybe the baby will help raise their hope as well? Because their lives kind of suck right now. Man, that is the kind of cleverness you just don't find on network television.

Almost as clever as Jimmy's question at the grocery store. We've seen new parents being overly cautious, but this is taking it to extremes. He prepared the cashier by tellling her that it may be a stupid question, but as she said afterward, "I just wasn't really prepared for that."

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'Raising Hope' Creator Greg Garcia Doesn't Care What Critics Think

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 18th 2010 11:00AM
Cast of 'Raising Hope' on FOX
Greg Garcia has had a bit of an uncomfortable relationship with TV critics. Of the two shows that he's created, he's had one that was critically lambasted in 'Yes, Dear' and one that got a decent amount of critical respect in 'My Name is Earl,' especially during its early seasons.

The pilot for his new show, 'Raising Hope,' which premieres on FOX on Tuesday, September 21 at 9PM ET, has been getting mixed reviews, but Garcia doesn't care. "I've never given a s--t about what you guys (critics) think," he said during my semi-contentious conversation with him a couple of weeks ago. He's got the right to say that, as 'Yes, Dear' hung in there for six seasons and 'Earl' stayed on for four, giving Garcia a decade-long run that most producers would kill for.

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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.

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Hargitay and Meloni Returning to 'Law & Order: SVU' & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Jun 30th 2009 1:00PM
Law & Order SVU and Drea de Matteo

Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni sign a two-year deal with 'SVU,' Drea de Matteo moves in to Wisteria Lane, Disney crows a new 'Princess' and more TV news.

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My Name is Earl creator working on new show

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 30th 2009 12:03PM
my name is earl greg garciaWere you charmed by the first sweet and funny season of My Name is Earl? Me too. And did you just about give up on the show after it eventually lost most of its charm and became a depressing, unfunny raunch fest? Me too. That's probably why I'm not too excited about Earl creator Greg Garcia's new show.

Fox just picked up Garcia's untitled single-camera comedy. The show will revolve around a young man raising an infant, the result of a one-night stand with a death row inmate, with the help of his dysfunctional family. Garcia tells Variety that his new characters will be "the same type of people" we saw in Earl and that they'll inhabit a world not unlike Earl's hometown of Camden.

Count me out if the show will rely on the same mean-spirited bathroom and gross out humor we saw in the last few seasons of Earl. Hopefully, Garcia will deliver something fun, fresh and clever instead of rehashing the same crude jokes and stories that got his old show cancelled.

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My Name Is Earl: Inside Probe - open thread

by Bob Sassone, posted May 8th 2009 9:02AM
My Name Is Earl

I think it's safe to say that My Name Is Earl is a prime example of a show that has lost its buzz. Remember when everyone was talking about how good and clever this show was? Now, even though it still leads off NBC's Thursday night schedule, it's not really a show that viewers talk about a lot. Of course, "buzz" doesn't necessarily equal quality, so tell me, are you still watching, and is it still as good as it used to be? It has to be good - Geraldo Rivera was in this episode!

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Greg Garcia and Jason Lee talk about what's coming up on Earl

by Kona Gallagher, posted Sep 19th 2008 3:04PM
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The CW may have kicked off its fall season on Labor Day, but for most of the other networks, things are just getting started. So what does that mean for you? Heavy promotion for not only the new shows premiering this fall, but for returning favorites as well. To that end, My Name Is Earl creator Greg Garcia and star Jason Lee spoke with reporters recently about Earl's upcoming 4th season.

My Name Is Earl returns for its 4th season on NBC with two back-to-back episodes, September 25 at 8pm. Not only did Garcia and Lee give us a taste of what to expect when we catch up with our favorite Camdenites, but they also dished the dirt on dream guest stars, what previous guest star peed over by craft services, if an Earl movie is in the works, and perhaps a word or two about a famously abrasive 30 Rock star. All of the details are after the jump.

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Bowman inks deal with 20th, gets back to basics on Earl

by Jane Boursaw, posted May 20th 2008 9:40AM
My Name is EarlBobby Bowman is continuing his monogamous relationship with 20th Century Fox TV. The My Name is Earl executive producer has inked a new two-year deal with the studio.

Bowman will continue on Earl, where he manages the writing staff and oversees the writer's room, serving as executive producer with creator Greg Garcia and director Marc Buckland. He'll also develop new projects for the studio.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, it's a seven-figure deal (so if my math is right, it's at least one million, but less than 10 million).

Bowman has spent the past eight years at 20th TV, working on Family Guy, Yes, Dear, and Earl. He describes his relationship with the studio as "monogamous," saying, "They do exciting shows and have great executives. Sure, I would prefer it if 20th were monogamous in return, and didn't feel the need to have multiple partners. But they're not going to change."

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My Name Is Earl reruns start airing on TBS in March

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 21st 2008 5:43PM
Earl castTV Squad reported this a while back, so consider this a reminder, all you My Name Is Earl devotees. TBS will begin airing back-to-back episodes of the NBC/Emmy-winning sitcom on Mondays at 10:00 and 10:30 starting March 3rd. This is a chance to catch up on all the episodes from the very beginning. If you don't already know all about Earl's list, the true meaning of Karma, and why the Hickey brothers share a bed, this will fill in the blanks.

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Earl creator worked fast food during strike

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 15th 2008 5:41PM
Greg GarciaHere's a story that's bound to bring a smile to your face (it did mine). During the protracted, agonizing Writer's Guild strike, at least one Hollywood scribe chose not to lounge by the pool and wait it out. My Name Is Earl creator, Greg Garcia, decided to "get back in touch" with the TV viewers of America. He took a job at a fast-food restaurant, never letting on to his fellow employees -- or anyone else -- that he was an Emmy-winning writer/producer. As a cashier and occasional janitor, Greg spent the month of January rubbing elbows with the real world. You might wonder, why would he do it?

His answer is simple: "I've wanted to do a book about taking different jobs and what it was like to do them," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "This was the first. It may be a while before I do the second. But it's just about the fact that we live behind gates and work behind gates, and as a writer you start to lose touch with the audience. You start running out of life experience."

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