Exclusive: Richard Dean Anderson to MacGuest Star on Raising Hope

Richard Dean Anderson will bring laughs to Fox’s Raising Hope this season — and he’ll do it by combining a wad of chewing gum with some pipe cleaners, a teaspoon of drain cleaner, and a transistor radio.

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TVLine has learned exclusively that the erstwhile MacGyver and Stargateverse alum will guest star on the sophomore comedy as Keith, an imposing patriarch who finds Jimmy (played by Lucas Neff) talking to his daughter at Howdy’s. Based on when he steps into the conversation, Keith suspects that Jimmy is hitting on his little girl — which is kind of an issue, you see, since the lass will be played by Anderson’s 13-year-old real-life daughter, Wylie.

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In addition to the aforementioned MacGyver and this and that Stargate series, Anderosn’s myriad TV credits also include General Hospital (has Liz’s dad ever come to visit?), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Legend and, most recently, several episodes of USA Network’s Fairly Legal.

Raising Hope premieres its new season on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 9:30 pm, now leading out of the Zooey Deschanel-fronted freshman comedy New Girl. The Andersons are set to appear in the fourth episode.