August 7, 2022

Martha Plimpton on the lack of network support

Fox debuted in a winning sitcom in 2010 with Greg Garcia‘s Raising hope. The show focused on Lucas neff‘s Jimmy Chance, his parents (Martha plimpton and Garret dillahunt), his favorite (Shannon Woodward) and also the person they band together to raise and care for after Jimmy fathered a child with a serial killer after an overnight fling – baby Hope.


It was a gem of a show that received critical acclaim, a dedicated fan base, and also three Emmy nominations – one for Plimpton’s work, one for Cloris Leachmanand another for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics. However, the network ultimately decided the show had to end. Right before season 4, Garcia left Raising hope and was replaced by Mike Mariano as a showrunner. On top of that, the show ended with a new time slot that hurt its audience. At the end of season 4, Raising hope released 88 episodes, exceeding the syndication threshold. Put it all together and you get a whole bunch of signs that Raising hope was probably over and, of course, Fox canceled it after four seasons.


Martha Plimpton, Cloris Leachman, Lucas Neff and Garret Dillahunt in Raising Hope
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While on Collider Ladies Night celebrating the release of his exceptional new film, Mass, Martha Plimpton took the time to review her race on Raising hope. She noted that the show “saved me from abject poverty and came at a time when I was really, really broke so I was incredibly happy to be there.” On top of that? Plimpton pointed out that the show was a joy to work, that it was life changing and that she was very proud. But, of course, Raising Hope ended – and ended a little too early for many.

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Here’s what Plimpton said when asked if those involved could sense their race was drawing to a close:

“It was kind of like it came after Greg left. I think he didn’t feel supported by the network and he knew that we were doing a really fantastic series, and the fact that the network doesn’t seem to be. behind it got exhausting for him. I think Greg does things because he wants to have fun and the minute he’s not having fun, you know, he doesn’t care. Hell [leave]. And so it felt right, although very difficult for him, to leave but I think he was done dealing with the network by then. And so I think when we did our last season, I think we kind of felt like it was going to be our last season. “


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While Plimpton pointed out that Garcia’s replacement Mariano is a “great guy,” that didn’t change the fact that they could feel this was coming to an end.

“We felt like it would probably be over and so our last episode was very emotional. We had Kenny Loggins. I mean, it was really, sort of – it’s a lot to us. And I was. sad, but I also felt like, listen, if this is how it’s gonna end, it ends on a high note and I’m really, really proud of it and have no regrets about it subject. I feel like it was an absolutely fantastic show. People always watch it, people always tell me they watch it, love it and what more could you really ask for?


Lucas Neff, Martha Plimpton, Garrett Dillahunt and Cloris Leachman in Raising Hope
Image via Fox

If you haven’t seen it yet Raising hope, you are lucky! All four seasons are available to stream on Hulu. And if you want to learn more from Plimpton about their experience in the industry so far, you’re in luck in this department too! You can listen to our full Collider Ladies Night conversation as a podcast below.


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