RAISING HOPE: Greg Garcia Teases the Return of Melanie Griffith and the Introduction of Wilmer Valderrama in ‘If a Ham Falls in the Woods’

October 23, 2012 by  

In tonight’s brand new episode of RAISING HOPE, Sabrina’s mother, Tamara (played by Melanie Griffith) makes her return, and this time, she’s not alone.

“[Melanie Griffith] was a lot of fun,” RAISING HOPE creator Greg Garcia told me. “We’ve seen her [act] over the years in a lot of things, so it was fun having her on set. She was very nice. She did two episodes, and we also have Wilmer Valderrama (Ricardo) who is doing a few episodes. He’s a funny guy as well…The two of them go on the [couples] retreat along with Jimmy and Sabrina, and Virgina and Burt. They’re all going out in the woods for the [couples] retreat. The reverend who is hosting the retreat is the very funny Leslie Jordan who is quite a stand-out in this episode. I think people will enjoy him.”

But don’t expect for Sabrina to learn any new lessons from her mother and her mother’s latest boy toy.

“I don’t know if she’s going to learn any lessons except what to avoid,” Garcia laughed. “Her mother is a character that’s been married six or seven times and this is her latest guy. She doesn’t have the greatest track record in staying in a relationship, so, as far as learning a lesson, I’m sure it’s just learning what not to do.”

And while this is Griffith’s final episode on the Fox comedy for now, Garcia noted they’d like to have her back.

“We’re working on that,” he shared. “What happened was she came on board close to when we were shooting the first episode and we were very far ahead in our scripts and stories. So we quickly figured out how to get her into another one, and now we’re just starting to look towards the second half of the season, so we’ll see how it all shakes out.”

(Perhaps something could work out for that upcoming wedding?)

RAISING HOPE airs Tuesdays at 8 PM on Fox.


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