FOX has just given Raising Hope a second-season pickup. No surprise, given its Glee-boosted ratings have been more than solid. But you’d never guess how popular this show is, given how little buzz it gets.
This has always surprised me, since I think it’s adorable. The story of a working class family who find themselves raising the infant daughter of a serial killer, Raising Hope veers between darkness and shots of a giggling baby without ever becoming too saccharine or too depressing. And the cast is awesome: Martha Plimpton as the baby’s vain grandmother, Deadwood’s Garret Dillahunt as her husband, and a recurring role for the very funny Kate Micucci of Garfunkel & Oates (they’re sort of like the girl version of Flight of the Conchords) as the baby’s nanny.
Will the show be able to continue to produce episodes as funny as “Blue Dots,” in which the entire family, one by one, are convicted of sex crimes? Showrunner Greg Garcia has repeatedly claimed to be out of ideas already, but I hope he’s joking, because I’m hoping the show runs long enough to morph into a pre-K version of Dexter.