FOX Has Faith in 'Raising Hope,' Orders Full Season
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
FOX is delivering on President Obama's message of hope and change. After
changing the Monday night schedule with the quick cancellation of Lone Star, the network now has hope in Raising Hope, which received a full season order.
The freshman comedy is the first new show of the season to get a full-season order, though that's certainly due to the general laziness of CBS. All five of its new shows are doing great in the ratings, so it's only a matter of time until most or all of them get a full season.
However, the news is great for FOX's little comedy that could. Not only is Raising Hope the funniest new show of the season, but it's also the sweetest. The comedy about a teenage boy raising a child with his trashy parents has the rare distinction of maintaining its quality through the first three episodes. Each episode has plenty of laughs and sincere emotional moments that ground the absurdity, much like with creator Greg Garcia's previous show, My Name is Earl.
Raising Hope also has a secret weapon: Cloris Leachman. The comedy legend may not get a lot of lines, but she provides the biggest laughs. In the third episode she spent most of her scenes gyrating her hips in her bra, using her Jenga skills to free the baby from a cluttered shed. The result was one of the funniest moments on TV in a while.
The news is less good for FOX's other comedy, Running Wilde. The two are paired on Tuesday nights, but the fact that only Raising Hope got a full season could spell disaster for the Will Arnett comedy. The ratings for Running Wilde have been pretty bad, losing a large percentage of its lead-in.
Raising Hope airs Tuesday at 9pm on FOX.
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