Raising Hope

Raising Hope returns tonight with season four premiere

Raising Hope season 4Raising Hope is finally back tonight at 9/8c on Fox with the first two episodes of season four, “Déjà Vu Man” and “Burt Bucks.”

Mike Mariano, the new showrunner, wrote a guest column for the Hollywood Reporter. Here is a quick message from him (more at the link):

If it takes a village to raise a child, I figure it takes 6 million to 8 million viewers to nurture a television show. So if you see Raising Hope wandering around like a lost teenager on a Friday night, be nice. Pitch in. Maybe even set your DVR to “season pass,” and be sure to press “play” within three to seven days. Preferably three.

Earlier this week, he gave a few details about the episode Garret will direct this season to Give Me My Remote:

“It is an episode where Martha [Plimpton]‘s character, Virginia, goes to dinner with her boss,” Mariano told me. “And where Jimmy…has an issue with Hope’s pet.”

It’ll still be a little bit before Dillahunt steps behind the camera — Mariano told me he was just about to get the first draft of the script — but it sounds like it could be a good one, yes?

TV Guide has a season four preview here.

TV Fanatic has posted a recent interview with Garret & Martha today:

And here is a short BTS clip from the season opener:

And a few more clips from Fox:

Raising Hope (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) – “Déjà Vu Man”

A mysterious Natesville resident (guest star Jeffrey Tambor) keeps popping up in the Chance’s lives. When Burt (Garret Dillahunt) and Virginia (Martha Plimpton) decide to investigate his identity, Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman) reveals a little-known secret about Virginia’s past.

Raising Hope (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Burt Bucks”

Burt and Virginia introduce Natesville to a new bartering system called “Burt Bucks” that looks an awful lot like a pyramid scheme. But when the market gets flooded with their printed currency, they learn a thing or two about the economy. Meanwhile, Sabrina (Shannon Woodward) saves Jimmy’s (Lucas Neff) life making him question his masculinity.

Garret to direct an episode of Raising Hope this season

Another interesting update from Give Me My Remote:

“I’m going to direct an episode; I’m looking forward to that,” Dillahunt shared. “That will be interesting, and fun.”

Dillahunt — whom you may have also seen during the summer hiatus in the WIGS series, “Paloma” — will make his directorial debut on a to be determined episode of the series a bit later in the season. (AKA, it’s a little too soon to know what the episode will be about or when it might air.)

And here is the first promotional photo for season four:

Raising Hope season 4

New interview (Raising Hope)

Raising HopeGive Me My Remote has a new interview with Garret. Hit the link for the whole article.

RAISING HOPE bounced around a bit as it finished its third season (the final two episodes of the year aired on a Thursday), but when it returns for the upcoming season, it’s currently scheduled to make the move to Friday nights (after BONES).

“I even get tweets from people far from Hollywood that think ‘oh, you’re in the death slot,’” RAISING HOPE star Garret Dillahunt (Burt) acknowledged of the shift. “That’s just not true anymore. There are some hits on Friday nights: BLUE BLOODS and GRIMM did very well. A lot of people don’t know what night a show is on anymore, the way people watch TV. It could be great for us. We could end up being the stars of the night and last another three years. If we hold our audience, we’re going to be heroes. It really didn’t affect me one way or the other. And I suppose it would be a waste of energy if it did, because it’s happening. If something at Tuesday [tanks], or if it happens on another night, I have no doubt they’re going to put us right back in there. We seem to be that show for them.”