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A "My Name Is Earl" Reunion, Sort Of

By admin Published: October 18, 2010

As I have mentioned before, "Raising Hope" is one of those shows that people are quietly discovering -- I keep getting told by folks how much they like it -- and one of the reasons is its offbeat tone recalls the charming early seasons of "My Name Is Earl," also from producer Greg Garcia. Now it's getting more of an "Earl" flourish with Jason Lee stopping by. And I would rather see him here than on "Memphis Beat."

The official word from Fox: Golden Globe nominee Jason Lee, who was the lead character on HOPE creator Greg Garcia’s “My Name is Earl,” has signed on to guest-star in the upcoming “Burt Rocks” episode of RAISING HOPE. Lee will play SMOKEY DANIELS, a washed-up rock star who is hired as the lead act at “Grocery-Palooza,” a rock concert at the supermarket where SABRINA (Shannon Woodward) works. Smokey was once BURT’s (Garret Dillahunt) musical idol, and Burt hopes to relive his rock-star years by playing backup for him at the concert.

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In the one-hour “Happy Halloween/Family Secrets” episode of RAISING HOPE, airing Tuesday, Oct. 26 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, SABRINA’s (Shannon Woodward) boyfriend can’t make it to the deli guy’s Halloween party, so JIMMY (Lucas Neff) offers to put on his costume and go in his place. VIRGINIA (Martha Plimpton) takes MAW MAW (Cloris Leachman), who is dressed as a cat, trick-or-treating while BURT (Garret Dillahunt) plots ways to play tricks on Jimmy. Meanwhile, when a box containing videos of Hope’s mother arrives from prison, Jimmy must decide whether or not to let HOPE see them. Virginia explains that children need to be protected from the truth, leading Jimmy to question what exactly his parents have been keeping from him.

With a flourishing career that includes an Independent Spirit Award for his performance in writer-director Kevin Smith’s “Chasing Amy” and memorable roles in multiple features for such directors as Smith, Cameron Crowe and Lawrence Kasdan, Jason Lee has solidly established himself among critics, directors and peers. Lee starred in and produced the half-hour comedy series “My Name is Earl,” and received two Golden Globe nominations and two SAG Award nominations for his role. Lee also plays “Dave” in the “Alvin and the Chipmunks” movies. Currently, he is in production on “Memphis Beat,” and is co-writing a pilot for Adult Swim. Lee is a professional photographer, as well as an avid supporter and collector of the arts. He is also actively involved with his skateboard company, Stereo Sound Agency, which recently celebrated its 15-year anniversary.

As previously announced, FOX has ordered an additional nine episodes of RAISING HOPE, bringing the series to a full-season order.

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