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Cousin Mike Returns With a Wife And Three Brother-Husbands on 'Raising Hope' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 9th 2011 1:20AM
'Raising Hope' - 'The Cultish Personality'There's one in every family. That family member who's just not wired like the rest of you. The one who marches to his own drummer. Or maybe the one who falls into a strange religious cult and winds up one of four husbands to that chick from '24.' That's what happened to Cousin Mike on 'Raising Hope' (Tue., 9PM ET on FOX).

Not seen since the pilot, Mike returned in an RV with another new addition ... or four. It was a fun bit of continuity for long-time fans of the show, as Mike was quickly written out after that first episode, and the show hasn't looked back.

Mary Lynn Rasjkub was vastly underused as Mike's wife -- actually, the husbands were under-used as well -- in an otherwise quirky episode, even by 'Hope's already bizarre standards. Still, just the idea of that five-way marriage has our brains all tied in a knot. Quite frankly, we're afraid to untie it.

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Podcast Smorgasbord: 'Chuck' Convention News, Plus 'Raising Hope,' '30 Rock,' 'The Good Wife' and More

by Maureen Ryan, posted Mar 3rd 2011 1:15PM
In this week's 'Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan' podcast, Ryan McGee and I made an effort to mix things up: We talked about a bunch of shows we don't frequently gab about on the podcast.

OK, so 'Spartacus' and 'How I Met Your Mother' are the exceptions in the mix -- those are shows we've talked about a fair amount in the past. But we also discussed what we're liking (or disliking) about '30 Rock,' 'Modern Family,' 'The Good Wife' and 'Raising Hope.' Most (if not all) of those programs are newcomers to the Talking TV podcast.

We kicked things off, however, by talking about a bit of fun news: I'll be moderating a 'Chuck' panel at Chicago's C2D2 convention March 19; it'll feature cast members Josh Gomez, Ryan McPartlin, Scott Krinsky and Vik Sahay, so come on by if you're a Buy More addict in the Chicago area.

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Checking In on a Freshman Comedy: 'Raising Hope' Raises Its Game

by Maureen Ryan, posted Mar 1st 2011 4:15PM
You can't judge a book by its cover, and it's likewise difficult to judge a TV show by its first episode. This new "Checking In" series will revisit shows that debuted in the last few months to see whether they've improved or declined. I'll also occasionally check in on veteran comedies and dramas to assess what's working and what isn't.

I might as well get this out of the way first: Last fall, 'Raising Hope' was on my list of Worst New Shows. You could say I didn't much care for the show's blaring, over-caffeinated pilot, and I know, that makes me a mean old stick in the mud. What kind of crabbypants doesn't think a baby watching her prisoner mother being executed is hilarious?

Fortunately, 'Raising Hope' (which airs Tuesday at a special time, 9:30PM ET) has toned down a lot of the antic elements that grated on me in the pilot. Some of its characters don't quite work and the show's forays into gross-out humor are still not my cup of tea, but 'Raising Hope' has certainly raised its game. Last week's episode, which featured a fine guest turn from Amy Sedaris, was actually pretty entertaining.

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Spoilers Anonymous: 'Bones,' 'Private Practice,' 'The Office' and More!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Feb 18th 2011 1:00PM
Spoilers Anonymous logo This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: '30 Rock,' '90210,' 'Bones,' 'Chuck,' 'Cougar Town,' 'CSI: New York,' 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Glee,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' Parenthood,' 'Private Practice,' 'Raising Hope,' 'Smallville,' 'The Office' and 'Warehouse 13.'

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More 'My Name Is Earl' Costars Join 'Raising Hope,' 'Dallas' Recruits Jesse Metcalfe and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 10th 2011 6:15PM

Jaime PresslyThe old band is getting back together, so to speak.

Jaime Pressly and Ethan Suplee, who costarred on Greg Garcia's 'My Name Is Earl,' are scheduled to drop by Garcia's new show, 'Raising Hope,' toward the end of the season, Entertainment Weekly reports.

The pair will play a married couple who lives down the street from the Chance family. "Burt and Virginia sort of become involved in their life more than they want to," Garcia told EW. "They become entangled in some drama that's going on at the Suplee-Pressley household."

In other TV casting news ...

Jesse Metcalfe has landed a lead role on TNT's 'Dallas' reboot. The 'Desperate Housewives' actor will play Christopher, the adopted son of Bobby and Pam Ewing. [Deadline]

Amanda Peet and Minnie Driver are in talks to join two different NBC pilots. Peet will likely join the cast of 'Bent,' a single-camera comedy about a single mom trying not to fall for her hunky contractor. Driver is in talks to join 'Free Agents,' the romantic comedy from 'Party Down' co-creator John Enbom. [The Hollywood Reporter]

'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' is getting a new boss for season 10. Jay O. Sanders is joining the final season of the show, which is scheduled to premiere on USA May 1. [TV Line]

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Jimmy Struggles to Make a Good First Impression on a Voicemail on 'Raising Hope' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 9th 2011 3:06AM
'Raising Hope' - 'Romeo and Romeo'If you've yet to check out 'Raising Hope' (Tue., 9PM ET on FOX), it's a charming look at how money doesn't make us who we are, but character does. Oh, and it's one of the funniest new sitcoms on television. People probably don't realize it because it's a live-action sitcom on FOX, and since when have they had a funny one of those?

In tonight's episode, single father Jimmy made a connection with a potential new guy friend, who's also a single dad. The problem is that much like making that first call to a girl, Jimmy didn't know what to say on the guy's answering machine.

"Hi-ho," he opened, but then immediately lost his confidence. "Hi-ho, what was that? I sound like a dwarf. Not that there's anything wrong with dwarves in case your son is a dwarf. I mean, he looked normal, for a baby, but you don't really know until they're like three."

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Nathan Lane Returning to 'Modern Family,' Sherri Shepherd Joins TV Land Pilot and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 24th 2011 11:20AM
Nathan Lane'Modern Family' is adding more Pepper -- otherwise known as the hilarious Nathan Lane -- to its award-winning comedy recipe.

According to TV Guide, Lane will reprise his role in a spring episode. "Mitch and Cam go out for a boys night with Pepper and a bunch of their other gay friends," according to Steve Levitan, executive producer of 'Modern Family.'

Look for Jay to wind up at the party. "We're having a lot of fun playing with Nathan, and this will be a very funny use of him," Levitan said.

In other casting news ...

Jean-Ralphio Ben Schwartz has landed a pilot. The 'Parks & Recreation' and former 'Undercovers' actor will star opposite Don Cheadle and Josh Lawson in the Showtime pilot 'House of Lies.' Cheadle plays Marty, a "self-loathing, highly successful management consultant." Schwartz will play a member of Cheadle's character's team. [Deadline Hollywood]

Jeffrey Dean Morgan is in final talks to star in Starz's 'Magic City.' The 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Watchmen' actor will play the owner of one of Miami's famous hotels. [Deadline Hollywood]

'The View' co-host Sherri Shepherd will appear in a new pilot. Sadly, it's not '30 Rock''s fictional 'Queen of Jordan.' Shepherd will appear opposite Christine Taylor in TV Land's workplace sitcom. Shepherd will play the office drama queen. [Deadline Hollywood]

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News on 'American Idol,' 'Fringe,' 'Terra Nova,' 'House' and 'Raising Hope' from Fox Day at TCA

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 11th 2011 4:50PM
'American Idol' thrives on controversy and scandal, but the revamped judging panel of Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson was surprisingly -- if not alarmingly -- well behaved at a media event on Tuesday.

Of course, the Fox talent show will undergo a variety of alterations this season, and if 2011 doesn't bring a better season of 'Idol,' the new year will undoubtedly bring a different season of 'Idol,' at the very least.

At the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena on Tuesday, members of the media got to pose questions to a panel composed of 'Idol' judges and producers, and shortly afterward, Fox executives took the stage to answer questions about 'Fringe,' 'Lone Star,' 'Running Wilde' and various other Fox programs.

So what did Fox executives say about those shows and what 'Idol' developments can we expect? A bullet list of news and factoids from today's Fox panels is below.

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Fox Renews 'Raising Hope' for Season 2

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 11th 2011 12:45PM
Raising HopeFox is keeping the hope alive this morning. The network just announced that it has given an early season 2 pickup to freshman comedy 'Raising Hope.'

"'Raising Hope' has emerged as a comedic standout: wickedly smart, hilarious and full of heart," said Fox President of Entertainment Kevin Reilly. "Greg Garcia and his great cast have established an appointment show on Tuesday nights this season, and we're confident it's just the beginning of great things to come."

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Spoilers Anonymous: 'Castle,' 'Glee,' 'Modern Family,' and more!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jan 7th 2011 2:00PM
Spoilers Anonymous logo This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by e-mailing us at tvsquad@gmail.com. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: 'Bones,' 'Castle,' 'CSI,' 'Fringe,' 'Glee,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Hawaii Five-0,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Law & Order: SVU,' 'Modern Family,' 'NCIS,' 'Parenthood,' Parks & Recreation,' 'Raising Hope,' 'Supernatural,' 'The Big Bang Theory,' and 'The Defenders.'

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'Raising Hope': Maw Maw Bakes Some Special Christmas 'Cookies' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 8th 2010 12:03AM
'Raising Hope': Maw Maw Bakes Some Special Christmas 'Cookies'It's Christmastime on 'Raising Hope.' And on the new episode (Tue., 9PM ET on Fox), Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman) tries her hand at spreading some holiday cheer, via baking a batch of her special Christmas cookies. Only problem: She didn't "bake" them and they're not "cookies," per se.

Jimmy (Lucas Neff) is the first to notice the problem. " ... Um," he says. "These aren't cookies -- they're dirt clods ... with little rocks in them." Meanwhile, her indulgent granddaughter Virginia (Martha Plimpton) tries to smooth things over, via the time-tested "it's Christmas; everyone try to get along" excuse.

As the family members gaze upon the dirt/rock "snickerdoodles" in horror, Virginia provides some not-so-subtle encouragement: "Oh, let her her have this; it's the holidays." True: it is the holidays. And hey -- things could be worse. After all, in the spirit of love and joy, Maw Maw did use little rocks, not big ones. So she's trying, at least ...

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Aging Rocker (Jason Lee) Awes the Chance Family on 'Raising Hope' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Dec 1st 2010 9:40AM
Jason Lee Guest Stars on 'Raising Hope'The Chance home is brimming with excitement: Burt's rock idol Smokey Floyd is headlining Grocery-Palooza, a rockfest of sorts in the produce aisle of Jimmy's workplace. Even better, he's in their kitchen! The badly aged rocker (Jason Lee) sits at the table, drinking milk straight from the bottle.

"It's you!" squeals Virginia on 'Raising Hope' (Tue., 9PM ET on FOX). Floyd -- still holding fast to a big '80s 'do despite thinning gray hair and a receding hairline -- tells her, "Take some breaths, sweetheart. Shock will fade. But luckily, memory will last forever."

Burt, Jimmy and Virginia watch in awed silence as he eats breakfast. "He's eating the same cereal I pick," whispers an elated Burt.

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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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'Raising Hope' Baby Is Kidnapped on Thanksgiving, Virginia Steals Her Back (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Nov 24th 2010 10:40AM
Jimmy Steals Back Daughter on 'Raising Hope'Thanksgiving is a time to bring families together, right? So Jimmy invites over his daughter Hope's other grandparents. A nice gesture -- until they end up kidnapping the baby on 'Raising Hope' (Tue., 9PM ET on FOX).

"We can raise a baby far better than a man in suspended adolescence [and] his bipolar, alcoholic mother," Dale explains to Jimmy (though his own daughter ended up on death row).

Meanwhile, Jimmy's mother Virginia has sneaked into the house and knocked Grandma Margine unconscious with the corner of the TV. She scoops up Hope behind Dale's back, taps him on the shoulder and then bolts for the truck.

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Why 'Raising Hope' is the Best New Comedy on TV

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 23rd 2010 5:00PM
The Cast of 'Raising Hope' on FOX
This fall has been a bit of a bump in the road for what was supposed to be a comeback of comedy on network television. The crop of sitcoms that bowed in September have been a mixed bag of quality and ratings.

'Mike & Molly' has done well since day one, and it's steadily improving from its fat-joke-laden beginning. '$#*! My Dad Says' may be steadying creatively, but less people are watching it every week. 'Outsourced' has its detractors and supporters, but it's being moved to 10:30PM in January. And 'Running Wilde' is about to disappear from FOX's lineup, despite the presence of Mitch Hurwitz and Will Arnett.

Only one new sitcom that has been consistently strong both creatively and in the ratings this fall: 'Raising Hope' on FOX. Creator Greg Garcia has managed to put together a show that seems to satisfy people who want gross-out humor as well as people who want to watch warm fuzzy family comedy, while throwing in some edginess from time to time.

Some reasons why the show has been fun to watch so far:

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