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2:15 p.m. Raising Hope

A sweet comedy with a dark premise, Greg Garcia’s (My Name Is Earl) Raising Hope revolves around a broken family whose mother is executed and must care for an infant. Scene-stealer Cloris Leachman co-stars alongside Martha Plimpton and Lucas Neff and will add fresh ingredients to the family sitcom mix.

While there currently aren’t any gay or lesbian characters in the mix, Plimpton said after the panel that it’s “inevitable and we’ll have to have one” and she hopes lesbian viewers enjoy that the show “is for everybody.”

With recent stops on Fringe and The Good Wife, Pilmpton added that she continues to work in theater and TV because of increased opportunities for women. “I don’t have to be someone’s girlfriend or someone’s wife or exist in the context of some man,” she said. “It’s a cliché because it’s true. On television and in theater, a character actress such as myself has a lot of choice.” Asked why movies continue to provide new opportunities for women? “I don’t know why. Maybe it’s the numbers, the money that they’re dealing with. Maybe it’s the nature of the way that they think about women. Movies have a long way to go. They’re not so good with the women lately; in fact they’re lousy actually.”

Raising Hope premieres Tuesday, Sept. 21.

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