Pair gives new 'Hope' to Fox pilot

8:00 PM PST 11/11/2009 by Nellie Andreeva, AP

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Chicago-based newcomer Lucas Neff and Martha Plimpton have been tapped to star in Fox's comedy pilot "Keep Hope Alive."

"High School Musical" co-star Olesya Rulin also has been cast in the project from "My Name Is Earl" creator Greg Garcia.

The single-camera "Hope" centers on Jimmy (Neff), a 25-year-old man raising an infant with the help of his quirky family after the mother of the baby, with whom he had a one-night stand, ends up on death row.

Plimpton will play Jimmy's no-nonsense mother who got pregnant with him when she was 16 and has no interest in raising another baby.

Rulin will play a smart waitress whom Jimmy considers the perfect woman to help him raise his daughter.

Michael Fresco is directing "Hope," which is produced by 20th TV.

Plimpton, who appeared in the two-hour season premiere of "Grey's Anatomy," next recurs on HBO's "How to Make It in America." She's repped by Innovative and Impression Entertainment.

Rulin, best known for her role as Kelsi in the "HSM" franchise, has recurred on ABC Family's "Greek." She is with the Kohner Agency and Rain Management Group.
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