LUCAS NEFF and GREG GARCIA Interview LUCAS NEFF “Jimmy Chance” and GREG GARCIA, Executive Producer, Writer & Creator Watch RAISING HOPE on Tuesday nights at 9 PM EST on FOX
February 8, 2011
By Lena Lamoray
RAISING HOPE OFFICIAL FOX PRESS RELEASE: RAISING HOPE is a new single-camera family comedy from Emmy Award winner Greg Garcia that follows the Chance family as they find themselves adding an unexpected new member into their household. At 23 years old, JIMMY CHANCE (Lucas Neff) is going nowhere in life. He skims pools for a living, parties every night and still lives at home with his family, including his MAW MAW (Cloris Leachman); his mother, VIRGINIA (Martha Plimpton) and his father, BURT (Garret Dillahunt). Jimmy’s life takes a drastic turn when a chance romantic encounter with LUCY (guest star Bijou Phillips) goes awry once he discovers she is a wanted felon. Months later, when Jimmy pays a visit to the local prison, he learns Lucy is pregnant with their baby, and after she gives birth, he is charged with raising their daughter. Back at home, Jimmy’s family is less than enthusiastic about a new addition to the household. His parents, who had him when they were 15, never knew anything about raising a child and have no interest in trying again. Jimmy may be able to get some help from SABRINA (Shannon Woodward), a sardonic checkout clerk he met at the supermarket if only he can work up the nerve to ask her out. Despite it all, Jimmy is determined to take care of his baby – whom Virginia thinks they should name HOPE. With very few useful skills but their hearts in the right place, will the Chance family be successful when they step into the unpredictable and immensely challenging world of parenting? RAISING HOPE is produced by Amigos de Garcia Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television. The pilot was written by Greg Garcia and directed by Michael Fresco. Garcia serves as executive producer on the series.
I spoke with LUCAS NEFF and GREG GARCIA about RAISING HOPE on FOX. Lucas plays Jimmy Chance and Greg is the man behind the unique premise. I have to say this was one of the most hilarious interview calls that I have ever done. Greg is a comical genius, but I don’t have to tell you that because you are all very familiar with his work. Just to name drop a few of my favorites, “My Name Is Earl”, “Yes, Dear” and “Family Matters”. Lucas is the perfect person to bring Jimmy to life because he is sweetly unassuming and has a beautiful brilliance to him that just shines through. I am a huge RAISING HOPE fan and I am looking forward to what Greg has in store for us. Watch RAISING HOPE, Tuesday nights at 9 PM EST only on FOX.
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