Screen Junkies » greg garcia http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:33:34 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 ‘Raising Hope’ Guest Stars and Spoilers Galore! http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/raising-hope-guest-stars-and-spoilers-galore/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/raising-hope-guest-stars-and-spoilers-galore/#comments Wed, 12 Jan 2011 16:58:51 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=15587 At TCA, the cast and creators shared breakfast and spoilers. Yum!

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Fox announced at the Television Critics that they’ve picked up their comedy “Raising Hope” for a second season. At breakfast, the cast and creators mingled with the press and shared some scoops about upcoming episodes. Series creator Greg Garcia started with the guest stars over a plate of bacon, eggs and potatoes.

“We have Amy Sedaris coming up in an episode who plays a cousin of Martha [Plimpton] who are mortal enemies so that’s fun,” Garcia said. “We have a love interest for Cloris Leachman played by Jerry Van Dyke that we’re shooting soon.”

Stars Lucas Neff and Shannon Woodward revealed more. “Mary Lynn Rasjkub from ‘24’, another Fox flagship show, she came on,” Neff said. “J.K. Simmons, just a lot of quality cool very funny talented people are going to be making appearances later on.”

Simmons plays Burt’s (Garret Dillahunt) older brother Bruce. Rajskub returns with cousin Mike, who had left to join a cult. “Mary Lynn is cousin Mike’s wife which we’ll find out in an upcoming episode,” Neff said. “There’s all sorts of funny stuff that happens. Now he’s come back and he’s brought the cult with him, so we get to meet the cult. That’s a great episode.”

Sabrina (Woodward) starts spending more time at the Chance home, so she gets to meet the guest stars too. “I’m at the house actually for the whole episode so I’m with them.”

Garcia previewed another major episode that may close out the season. “We’re working on a flashback episode that could be our season finale,” Garcia said. “It’s pretty much going to be a whole flashback episode. That doesn’t go too far back but explains some stuff of why the family is still living with Cloris Leachman.”

Some of the episodes are still about Baby Hope too. “We have an episode coming up where the house is infested with germs,” Garcia said. “The whole family, now that they have a baby in their house, they’re obsessed with germs and realize that they’re not living in the cleanest house in the world. There are a lot of special effects in that one.”

It also gives Sabrina a chance to freak out! “I start acting a little out of my mind,” Woodward said. “It turns out I’m neurotic, very, very neurotic. It’s great. I figure also the more they start integrating Sabrina into the family, her quirks have to come out or else it’ll just be her observing them forever. I think it’s important for her to start to feel comfortable to expose all of her neuroses. The first episode back you find out Sabrina’s a severe germaphobe.”

“Raising Hope” returns this February on Fox.

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Review: ‘Raising Hope’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/review-raising-hope/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/review-raising-hope/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 “Raising Hope” is the kind of edgy comedy I want to see on TV. I don’t want to spoil anything because you should experience it fresh like I did, but I could not believe what I was watching. They’re putting this on TV?! And they should. It’s the same half hour whether they go crazy or play it safe, so just go crazy. The setup it takes to make Jimmy (Lucas Neff) a single dad is outrageous. By about 10 minutes in, I couldn’t believe how far they took it. I don’t know if they’re going to be able to do this every week, but I hope so. Aside from the shocking dark comedy, the humor is just joyfully immature. They say “wiener” and that makes me smile. The characters’ behaviors are so outrageous and politically incorrect, only Fox would put this show on.

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Raising Hope” is the kind of edgy comedy I want to see on TV. I don’t want to spoil anything because you should experience it fresh like I did, but I could not believe what I was watching. They’re putting this on TV?! And they should. It’s the same half hour whether they go crazy or play it safe, so just go crazy.

The setup it takes to make Jimmy (Lucas Neff) a single dad is outrageous. By about 10 minutes in, I couldn’t believe how far they took it. I don’t know if they’re going to be able to do this every week, but I hope so. Aside from the shocking dark comedy, the humor is just joyfully immature. They say “wiener” and that makes me smile. The characters’ behaviors are so outrageous and politically incorrect, only Fox would put this show on.

Jimmy is a well meaning goofball. He’s clearly not going anywhere, still living at home in his 20s and working for his dad, Burt (Garret Dillahunt). Burt is so immature I didn’t realize he was the dad at first. They’re introduced doing landscaping work and Burt messes with his sons like an alpha male older brother.

His mom, Virginia (Martha Plimpton), mispronounces words because she’s not been educated to how you say things correctly. They live in Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman)’s house, and Maw Maw is senile except for a moment of clarity that passes and she goes back to being a funny senile old lady.

The show offers a more creative view on raising a baby than the Hollywood movies on the subject. This family is aggressively doing it poorly. They endanger the baby and that’s good comedy. They are honest about what a pain in the ass a newborn is, none of that Nine Months/Three Men and a Baby adorable propaganda.

Even the characters we’ve seen before, like the Alzheimer’s grandma and the harassing father figure, have the edge that makes those archetypes funny. They’re not trying to play nice so everyone still likes them. Mike (Skyler Stone), the party animal brother, and Sabrina (Shannon Woodward) the sarcastic Jons checkout girl, don’t do much yet but they get a few laughs each.

What really works though is how sweet the show is. As silly and unredeeming as the characters are, they ultimately have moments of real humanity. And it’s sincere humanity, not that very special moment at the end of a sitcom after everyone’s been insulting each other for a half hour. They do something real and you see that someone can be compassionate 1% of the time. It’s almost like even the heart is sort of wrong, and that’s all part of the Fox comedy edge.
 

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Interview: ‘Raising Hope’ EP Greg Garcia http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/interview-raising-hope-ep-greg-garcia/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/interview-raising-hope-ep-greg-garcia/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 The new comedy “Raising Hope” is a family show, Fox-style. Jimmy (Lucas Neff) still lives at home with his parents (Martha Plimpton and Garret Dillahunt) and grandma (Cloris Leachman). They’re...

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The new comedy “Raising Hope” is a family show, Fox-style. Jimmy (Lucas Neff) still lives at home with his parents (Martha Plimpton and Garret Dillahunt) and grandma (Cloris Leachman). They’re kind of a trailer park type family, although they have a house, but Jimmy becomes a single dad so he needs their help and advice, good and bad.

Series creator Greg Garcia (“My Name Is Earl”) presented the show to fans at the Paley Center for Media’s PaleyFest: Fall TV Preview for Fox. On the red carpet, Garcia discussed his follow-up to “Earl.” He did mention specifics from the pilot and upcoming episodes so beware of spoilers.

SJ: Does “Raising Hope” get even crazier after the pilot?

GG: No, that’s about as crazy I think as it gets and then it settles into kind of just an offbeat quirky domestic sitcom hopefully. Yeah, I just kind of thought why not get them in a bizarre situation. I kind of thought to myself if I saw a family at the park and it was just a nice normal family with a baby, and then I saw another family like our family and I learned that the mother was a serial killer and she was executed and they got stuck with the baby, I would follow that family home to look in their windows and see what the heck’s going on more than the other family. So I don’t know, it all just seems interesting to me.

SJ: But you wouldn’t want to keep up the wild antics?

GG: We’ll have wild things. Yeah, we have some wild things from here to there. We’re not going to be killing people every week though. That’ll probably be the only murder we have for a while but we try to push the envelope and do what we can. You want to have a mix of doing that and being grounded and get people to feel something as well. Episode two we have Maw Maw breastfeeding. Cloris Leachman’s breast feeding the baby so we’re not backing off too much.

SJ: Is that medically accurate?

GG: I don’t know. I think powdered milk is coming out or something. I don’t know what exactly is going on but she’s attempting. She’s attempting to have that happen.

SJ: So those are the kinds of storylines we’re going to see.

GG: Well, that’s not a storyline I wouldn’t say. That’s a quick little gag. The storylines, I think there’s going to be a lot of conflict that comes up for our adults surrounding the baby. There’ll be some stories that have to actually do with raising a baby but also I think the baby will be a catalyst for stories. Lucas’s character will remember things that his parents did to him when he was a child because he now has a child, and that will cause some modern day conflict and we’ll have some more just adult stories as well. We’ve had a lot of fun exploring the different characters. We have Martha Plimpton and Garret Dillahunt. You’re not going to just do stories about a baby. You want to investigate their marriage and stuff that’s going on with them as well.

SJ: Is Fox a good environment for your sense of humor?

GG: Oh, it’s been great. I’ve got to say, the difference between working at NBC and Fox has been night and day. Just with the collaboration that they let you have with promotion and just the support that you get, it’s been fantastic.

SJ: Do you feel the audience understands what the show is and what they’re getting into?

GG: Yeah, I think so. I mean, I think some people don’t read the reviews necessarily and just see the billboards and promos, I think they’ll be surprised to see a woman gets executed in the pilot because I know they’re not leaning heavily on that in the promos and everything. But I think what’s fun about that is you know that this family has a baby but you have no idea how they get it just on promos and billboards alone. That’s a big added surprise that you’re going to see in the pilot.

SJ: It seems more open ended. Did you ever regret coming up with the list on “My Name is Earl” and giving yourself a structure like that?

GG: No, not at all. The list just proved to be an engine for stories. It was great. I thought that was a great device and this is open ended in the sense that you have a baby, you’re going to have to raise it. So that baby is going to age and as the baby ages, new stories come about. In the meantime, when the baby’s stuck in a period of time where not a lot of new things are going on, you’ve got a love relationship that you’re pursuing. You’ve got things going on in the house with just normal everyday family drama.

SJ: Will the baby age in real time?

GG: I don’t know. Knock on wood, we get a whole first season, we’ll probably keep it at this age for the first season. Then if we’re lucky enough to get a second season, we may consider jumping it in age to three or four years old and just say that time has passed. Therefore you can just do more stories with a kid that’s talking and going through different things.

SJ: That would be a big jump. I was thinking would you recast another infant and keep doing baby stories?

GG: Possibly. It all depends on where the stories come from. If we feel like we can do a ton and ton of stories with the baby as an infant, then yeah. But my experience with having infants around the house is eventually they get kind of boring. And then they get to be two and three years old and they start talking and walking and doing all kinds of fun things and more interesting things come about. So more than likely we would advance it more than we would just keep it at the same age.
 

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