My Name Is Earl: NBC Cancels Sitcom, Still Hope for Season Five?

The peacock network has decided they’ve had enough of Jason Lee and his show about karma. They’ve cancelled the My Name Is Earl sitcom after four seasons on the air.

Revolving around a petty criminal (Lee) who’s hit by a car and decides to atone for his long list of wrong doings, My Name Is Earl also stars Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly, Nadine Velazquez, and Eddie Steeples.

The show began as a moderately successful show for NBC with 10.9 million viewers in year one. That audience has eroded over the years and currently averages about six million people per episode.

The cancellation move doesn’t come as a huge surprise. NBC held talks with the show’s studio, 20th Television, about renewing the show at a reduced price but it didn’t work out. Suplee twittered to fans, “Just got the call that My Name Is Earl has been canceled. They sure did take their time with that decision or rather informing us of it.”

Now that the show’s been cancelled by NBC, the studio is trying to cement a deal with another network to pick up the sitcom for season five. The show heads into syndication this Fall and, though there are already 98 installments, additional episodes would really pay off for the studio.

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  1. Anonymous says

    My husband and I watch My Name is Earl, all the time after work every evening we watch it after dvr’d at midnight. Anyways I think it should come back on.

  2. Johnny F. says

    I must say I was really disapponited to hear of the cancelation of 1 of my favorite T.V. shows….unlike everybody else I hoped on the bandwagon after the show went into syndication. I think “My Name Is Earl” is one of the funniest shows on today & deserves to be up there with “The Office”, “Modern Family”, “The Middle”, “Two & a Half Men”, & “How I Met Your Mother”. I think if we continue to voice our opinions we can bring the show back. (Look what happened with “Family Guy”)! Listen up idiots in charge of NBC…..Bring back Jason Lee & the gang. Btw…I think Johnny Knoxville would fit in perfect with Earl, Randy & the Crabman, LOL!

  3. Anonymous says

    Can anyone do anything about this? Start a petition? Riot? Find some god damn way to bring the best show on television back?

  4. lou says

    omg! it is totally insane that they’re gonna leave it like that! they should at least do a series finale of some sort to show us who earl jr’s real daddy is! i mean come on, what other black men besides crab man have we seen on the show? who could it be? i really wanna know…

  5. sean says

    It’s just another example of how a tv show that is based in the south and has a huge following in the south gets cancelled too soon!!!! These tv execs think that only the large northern markets and the west coast markets are all that matters, well those of us in the south are bored with those same old, same old shows. It’s actually surprising it lasted 4 seasons, just ask Rodney Carrington, Jeff Foxworthy and Bill Engvall.

  6. Jr says

    yeah it sucks i wish they would at least release the season 5 completed episodes on dvd. i eally wanted to see if Earl Jr. was really Earl’s LOL. that is so wrong leaving it to be continued

  7. lyss says

    Can we at least agree the acting in “My name is Earl” was better than parks and recreations? and the twists of karma are funnier than a middle government entity getting a permit…. I mean a date. If I wanted to see dating problems I would just watch 30 Rock.

  8. Brian S. says

    MNIE is more of a reality show than all of the other “Real” Reality shows. Alot of us common people can relate to Earl. I can honestly say that it’s the only show I watch on NBC. I can think of a bunch of other shows NBC should cancel instead of Earl. Well, I guess it’s Good-bye to Earl for now and NBC—-Forever.

  9. jason r says

    my thirsday night will never be the same!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!my dad looked like earl when he was young.

    • Anonymous says

      I totally agree….NBC really screwed up dumping “My Name Is Earl”, the only show worth watching on NBC is “The Office”. & I think there already getting there butts kicked by ABC ( Modern Family, The Middle, Cougar Town) & CBS (Two & A Half Men, How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory)! Let’s not give up on our crusade to bring back one of the best comedies NBC has ever had.

  10. Sergei Rostov says

    ‘Earl’ stays fresh after four seasons, ’30 Rock’ goes downhill in a major way (not only predictable, but even within those stupid plots I was writing better jokes off the top of my head) in it’s second season, but it’s “Earl’ that gets cancelled??? That makes NO sense.

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