DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
HAVE you got yourself sufficiently organised so you watch Deadwood on a Monday and Raising Hope on a Tuesday? I’d recommend it. Just so you can see Garret Dillahunt go from that to this.
It’s massively impressive acting. But not big showy acting, acting you’re aware of. He’s Francis Wolcott on Deadwood, if the beard threw you, the one who caused all the problems in Joanie Stubbs’s brothel.
And he’s the underemployed dad Burt Chance who has time to play hidey-goseek in his pyjamas at two in the afternoon on Raising Hope.
They seem completely unrelated, as if played by different people. Who else is in two things on television at the moment? Apart from Karl Stefanovic . . . Anyone? I think the fact most people have never heard of Dillahunt tells us what a tremendous actor he is. He can just slide into the character. He’s not Brad Pitt Stars As Francis Wolcott or whatever.
Raising Hope’s cast in general is excellent. Cloris Leachman. Martha Plimpton.
I keep saying it, plenty of people are saying it, and it’s true— TV is where it’s at. And Raising Hope isn’t even one of the great shows. It’s better than talk suggests, though. Tonight, for instance, there’s a plot that’s amusing and in fairly poor taste — which I’m sure appeals to many of you— involving polygamy.
Polygamy of the sort not explored on Big Love, the beautifully written show that’s just ended its season on SBS.
Hell no. This is miles trashier than that. Burt’s nephew Mike drops in after a period of unexplained and prolonged estrangement from his father, Burt’s brother Bruce. Mike now lives in a big caravan, or trailer, if you prefer, with what you could call an extended family.
It’s probably an unconventional arrangement but Jimmy, Burt’s son who had the baby girl with the serial killer who ended up on death row and, well, dead, can see the appeal. Raising Hope Eleven, 8.30pm
Double act: Garret Dillahunt