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This show was also known as Keep Hope Alive when it was created by Greg Garcia, Directed by Michael Fresco. Starring Garret Dillahunt, Lucas Neff, Martha Plimpton, Skyler Stone, & Shannon Marie Woodward
A 23-year-old must raise his infant daughter, conceived by a one-night stand, with the help of his flawed family after the baby's mother is sent to jail.
Development and production
In June 2009, Fox announced it had booked a put pilot commitment with show creator Greg Garcia. Michael Fresco signed on to direct the pilot in September 2009, which was originally titled Keep Hope Alive.
Casting announcements began in November, with Martha Plimpton and Lucas Neff as the first actors cast, and Olesya Rulin joining the cast shortly thereafter. Neff will portray the lead role of 23-year old Jimmy, the father to infant Hope, with Plimpton playing his mother, Virginia. Garret Dillahunt came on board in late November to portray Jimmy's father, Burt.
In early December 2009, Kate Micucci was added to the cast as Jimmy's cousin. The role was originally created as a male named Mike. The pilot was filmed in December 2009.
In early spring 2010, reports stated that Cloris Leachman would portray Jimmy's grandmother, Maw Maw. In March, Fox decided to recast 2 roles from the pilot. Shannon Marie Woodward replaced Olesya Rulin as a love interest for Jimmy. Also recast was the role of Jimmy's cousin, and the role reverted back to male with the addition Skyler Stone.
Fox green-lit the pilot to series with an order in mid-May 2010. On May 17, 2010, Fox announced at the upfront presentation that the series, with the new title Raising Hope, was included in its 2010-11 television schedule and set for a fall 2010 premiere.
Lucas Neff as Jimmy Chance
Martha Plimpton as Virginia Chance
Garret Dillahunt as Burt Chance
Skyler Stone as Mike
Shannon Marie Woodward as Sabrina
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