Flashbacks, secrets revealed, and a good ol’ fashion family vacay to Las Vegas? Yes, we could only be talking about Season 2 of “Raising Hope” (premieres Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 9:30 pm on Fox).
Martha Plimpton, who was nominated for an Emmy for her role as Virginia Chance, and “Raising Hope” showrunner Greg Garcia recently chatted with reporters about what’s in store for the show’s sophomore run, and while Garcia admitted that he hates teasing episodes, he did let a few interesting nuggets out.
“Here’s a good one for you, Maw Maw [Cloris Leachman] swallows a gold tooth and the family has to deal with the fact of are they the type of people who go through poop,” said Garcia, having just come back from shooting in Las Vegas for three days for the much-anticipated family vacation episode. “That’s one of my favorite Maw Maw stories.”
Of course, more of Virginia’s secrets will be revealed. “We’re gonna find out in our third episode some big secrets that Virginia has been keeping from some people. It’s a year of secrets. It’s all coming out. I don’t even know how to tease it. It’s huge news,” said Garcia.
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Interestingly, he also teased a not so funny moment. “I think that our second episode that’s going to air has a very nice compelling and sweet ending to it that isn’t necessarily funny,” he added. “You try to mimic life as much as you can which is combine ridiculous humor and sweet moments.”
Plimpton said that her favorite episode of the new season is the one where Burt (Garret Dillahunt) gets kidnapped (the third episode, by the way) and that she is over the moon to have Lee Majors (“The Six Million Dollar Man”) and Shirley Jones (“The Partridge Family”) on as Burt’s parents. “I got so excited about Lee Majors coming on the show because of my enduring crush on him since I was a little girl that I think I just harassed Greg, ‘Is he doing it? Is he doing it?’ And Shirley Jones!” she said.
As for YouTube star Greyson Chance, who plays young Jimmy in three episodes on the new season, apparently the 14-year-old kid can act. “To say he’s not an actor, he is now,” said Garcia. “He was great. He took to it right away. There was a lot of singing, so a lot of it was in his wheelhouse. You get him in front of a piano and you know he’s going to thrill everybody watching and then you do some scenes. He was very comfortable.”
Plimpton agrees. “It was fantastic,” she said. “He could not be more sweet and charming and just a regular kid. I thoroughly enjoyed acting with him.”
Garcia has his son to thank for introducing him to the young star, whose 2010 performance of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” at his sixth-grade music festival became a hit on YouTube, garnering more than 42 million views.
“My son is 13 and he went to a bar mitzvah and he came back and he was raving that Greyson Chance was playing ad he was talking about how amazing he was,” said Garcia. “I looked him up on YouTube and I thought, ‘Man, he kind of looks like a young Lucas Neff [Jimmy Chance].’ And then instantly I was thinking, ‘Wow maybe this would be a good guest spot to do.’”
“Raising Hope” returns on September 20 on Fox at 9:30 pm.