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Raising Hope Season 2 Preview: Vegas, Violence, 'Hidden' Treasure, and Sabrina's Secret

Take a clueless but well-meaning family, a grandma who can’t stay lucid and the baby of a serial killer, and you’ve got the hilarious adventures of the Chance family on Fox’s Raising Hope.

In Season 2, premiering this Tuesday at 9:30/8:30c, a growing Hope brings new problems (violence?!) and more cuteness. TVLine spoke with series creator Greg Garcia, who explains why he stuck with his tiny tots and gives us the scoop on the family’s Vegas adventure, Sabrina and Jimmy’s future, Maw Maw’s gold treasure, and much more.

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VEGAS, BABY! | The Chance family will head to Sin City for the wedding of cousin Delilah (returning guest star Amy Sedaris). The cast and crew had been working hard at Rio Casino during uncharacteristically rainy weather when we spoke to Garcia, but surely they had time to hit the tables, too? “I was actually playing blackjack with Shannon [Woodward] when you called, but I was losing, so it’s good that I left,” Garcia shares. Will the Chances have more luck? Or will the trappings of Vegas get the better of them? “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” replies Garcia — at least until the episode airs.

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GROWING UP | While Modern Family recast its baby Lily, Garcia is sticking with Baylie and Rylie Cregut, the adorable twins who play Hope. “I like the fact that we have introduced this family to America, and you’re going to watch this family raise this baby,” he explains. “We’re not going to switch it up on them as long as the babies are happy and their parents are happy and everybody is having fun.” To explain Hope’s growth spurt – she’s now walking! – and introduce new viewers to the show, the season premiere kicks off with a song performed by Kate Micucci’s baby-, senior- and dog-sitter, and features footage of the twins shot over the hiatus. “It was a nice opportunity to recap what the show’s about and tip our hats to Sherwood Schwartz,” says Garcia. While there’s no plans to tackle the typical tot milestones – first step, first word – Garcia reveals that the new season will feature a decidedly different rite of passage: baby’s first possible homicidal tendency. “Hope hits a kid at daycare, and they start to worry that perhaps this is the first sign of the fact that her mother was a serial killer.”

THE TRUTH ABOUT SABRINA | The object of Jimmy’s affection has been keeping some things to herself. “We find out some secrets about Sabrina that she’s been hiding,” teases Garcia. But rather than being dark skeletons from her past, they’re more of the “embarrassing to her” variety. Whatever the case, we can’t imagine it will stop Jimmy from crushing. Garcia admits that he didn’t “didn’t really have a real plan for what was going to go on” with the pair last year, but promises to deliver “some movement in one direction or another.” Alas, Sabrina’s boyfriend is still in the picture. “We’ll be seeing a bit more of him,” notes Garcia.

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BEST OF THE REST | A Thanksgiving installment will introduce Burt’s parents, played by Lee Majors and Shirley Jones, while Christmas might find the Chances celebrating It’s a Wonderful Life-style. Also on the drawing board for Season 2: More flashbacks, a kidnapping, and the return of Ethan Suplee as put-upon neighbor Andrew. But the best nugget from the new season may reside inside (yes, inside) Cloris Leachman. “We have an episode where Maw Maw swallows a gold tooth,” previews Garcia. “The family has to deal with the question of, are they going to try to get it or not? Are they really those people that would go looking for a gold tooth?”



Comments (12)

  • I am constantly delighted by this show; the Brother Husbands, the singin’ dog/baby sitter, and how awesome all the actors are, especially Dylan and Martha who came from playing tense dramas to screwball comedy. I will never look at my germy couch the same way again.

    Comment by Plum – September 20, 2011 07:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love, love this show! Can’t wait to see it tonight!

    Comment by Amy – September 20, 2011 07:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • One of the best comedies on air right now! It mixes, crazy family, with funny and heartfelt so well it’s just a pleasure to watch.

    Comment by Midori – September 20, 2011 09:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I just started catching up on netflix today. The show is hilarious!

    Comment by Mark – September 20, 2011 09:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My entire family LOVES this show; we all LOVED Earl as well, and are glad to see Garcia bring those people into this show. This is one of two shows that all of us watch (10, 15, 17 and over 30). Big Bang is the other. Watched the pilot of New Girl ON DEMAND after a Raising Hope episode..looked good.

    Comment by kathy – September 20, 2011 11:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Raising Hope is the funniest show ever my whole family loves it when we first watched it we just cant get enough of it so glad season 2 is on

    Comment by Jon – September 20, 2011 11:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What was up with the Sept 11 2001 reference during the season premier last night?!? I thought it was incredibly disrespectful, totally uncalled for, and in poor taste. Of all the dates to use, what would possess the writers to use the exact date of the worst day in American history? Once again, another shining example of a lack of creativity and the pushing of the envelope until the line is crossed. If I missed something please help me understand…I am so disappointed and let down.

    Comment by Sid – September 21, 2011 06:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The September 11 2001 is when Young Jimmy lost his memorie of playing the piano beacuse they hit him with a Golf Stick

      Comment by Lipzy – September 21, 2011 04:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sid, i think it may have been a way to show just how oblivious the Chances were to the rest of the world when they were young. The rest of the world was horrified and they were playing putt-putt golf.

    Comment by lisa – September 21, 2011 03:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really love this show spacilly because Greyson Chance is on it <3

    Comment by Lipzy – September 21, 2011 04:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I have to agree with Sid. No matter what is being implied by making a reference to September 11, 2001 is just absolutely disgusting. Were we supposed to laugh??? Sorry, couldn’t find it in my heart to do that. I can’t imagine how the families sitting together watching who had suffered a loss on that day must of felt. I am a HUGE fan of raising hope, my daughter and I laugh out loud together every single episode. I am disappointed with the nonchalant mention of a terrible, terrible day.

    Comment by Azil – September 22, 2011 09:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • DOne watching this show the 9-11 “funny line” was terribly insensitive and several people should lose their jobs over it!

    Comment by Steve – September 22, 2011 04:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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