'Raising Hope': Hilarious New Show or EEEK?

Just in time for Father's Day, an upcoming sitcom trailer hits the airwaves: Fox's Raising Hope, set to premiere in the post-Glee 9 p.m. slot next fall. It's the story of a young, kinda flaky dude who's suddenly put in charge of his baby girl. Haven't seen it yet? Take a look.

I'm a bit tired of the useless-dad sitcom meme -- in fact, everyone did not love Raymond -- but this trailer makes me chuckle even as it pushes my new-mom buttons (ack! Child in peril!). Also, it's from the My Name Is Earl guy, and I loved My Name Is Earl; plus, I love Martha Plimpton, Cloris Leachman, and Bijou Phillips.

And then my third reaction is again, "Ack! Child in peril, and why is everyone an idiot?"


The show goes like this: A directionless 23-year-old guy has a fling that results in a baby -- who he's suddenly responsible for when the mom goes to prison. (Yeah, it's a comedy!) He lives with his clueless parents, who had him when he was 15, and basically nobody in the home is qualified to raise this babe. But they're all gonna try together because that's what family does.

Cue endless stream of white-trash jokes, apparently.

And yet: It looks really funny. And the baby's hella cute. And we had the same Target jammies for Penelope! I think I'm going to give it a watch.

What do you think of the trailer? Is it watch-worthy, a sure-miss, or something you'd DVR just in case it's good?

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