Raising Hope

New project: Fox comedy pilot, Keep Hope Alive

Some TV news this week.

Garret has been cast in Greg Garcia‘s (My Name Is Earl) new comedy pilot for Fox, called Keep Hope Alive. He will play Burt Chance, a guy who runs a pool cleaning business and gets thrown a curve ball when his son Jimmy (Lucas Neff) gets a serial killer pregnant and winds up having to raise the baby. Martha Plimpton will play Garret’s wife Virginia and Cloris Leachman will play his grandmother-in-law.

More about the premise, from the Hollywood Reporter:

The single-camera “Hope” centers on Jimmy (Neff), a 25-year-old man raising an infant with the help of his quirky family after the mother of the baby, with whom he had a one-night stand, ends up on death row.

Plimpton will play Jimmy’s no-nonsense mother who got pregnant with him when she was 16 and has no interest in raising another baby.

[Olesya] Rulin will play a smart waitress whom Jimmy considers the perfect woman to help him raise his daughter. [THR]

The pilot starts shooting early next month, with Michael Fresco (Northern Exposure, Murder One, Providence, My Name Is Earl) directing.