The Greg Garcia ("My Name is Earl") comedy "Raising Hope" has received a second season order from Fox. "Raising Hope" was the one bright spot for Fox's new fall shows this year as both "Lone Star" and "Running Wilde" were canceled early.
The Tuesday night comedy is a nice blend of Garcia's trademark white trash humor and heart, turning out to be a pleasant surprise this fall. It deserves a second season even though I have doubts about how far it's premise can go, much like "Earl."
"Hope" is about a young, and somewhat incompetent, man named Jimmy (Lucas Neff) who has a one-night stand with a woman who turns out to be a murderer. Then, he takes custody of their unexpected love child after the mother is executed.
The premise sounds a little dark and putting an infant in the hands of a mostly unfit parent is tough for audiences to identify with, but "Hope" carries enough laugh-out loud humor--mostly from co-stars Martha Plimpton and Garret Dillahunt as the baby's grandparents--to make it all work. Hopefully, the writers can find ways to keep the inexperienced parenting trope from getting stale.