My Name Is Earl: TBS in Talks for Season Five of Cancelled Sitcom

My Name Is EarlThe once popular My Name Is Earl sitcom was cancelled last month. After four seasons on NBC, the show’s executive producer, Greg Garcia, was informed early in the morning, just 30 minutes before the news was given to the press.

While being dumped by the peacock network didn’t come as a huge surprise, Garcia wasn’t ready for the show to end. He told the LA Times, “There’s a lot of reasons the show would work well on another network, and I think we’d do very well with some promotion. We certainly feel like we have more stories to tell. That’s why we left the show on season four on a cliffhanger. And I know we’ve got at least another season in us and a lot of great ideas. So if another network wants to put us on, fantastic. Nothing that would make me happier.”

It was largely presumed that the FOX network would take on Earl since the sitcom’s produced by a sister company, 20th Century Fox Television. Execs at the network apparently downplayed the possibility and, when the time came, decided to pass.

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Ethan Suplee, “Randy” on the show, broke the news to fans, writing, “Thanks for the effort guys, we appreciate it. It seems that Earl is actually dead. Fox has passed. The mustache will live on in our hearts.”

Now, TBS is apparently interested in keeping Earl going. The cable channel has been airing the show in syndication and expressed some interest in picking up the show at the May upfronts.

Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks, told Company Town that the network likes to develop original programming but that new episodes of an established show like Earl would be an asset in drawing viewers to sample them. At the time, Koonin hadn’t been approached by 20th Century Fox but said, “Tell them to give me a call. We’re in the book.”

The discussions for 13 new episodes of Earl are still in the early stages and there are a some major hurdles that would need to be overcome before they could become a reality. The actors and writers have all been released from their contracts and they’d have to be renegotiated. Also, the show is an expensive single-camera comedy and the overall budget would be an issue as well.

On the positive side however, the show is already in syndication and more episodes would mean additional rerun money for years to come. With that in mind, the studio and participating talent will likely want to make the deal work if at all possible.

While Earl’s return is still considered a longshot, the fact that there are discussions to revive the series is certainly a good sign. What do you think?

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  1. Tyler perdue says

    Come on guys August 2015 and still people are requesting this show ibe watched every season at least 50 times a price and am proud to say it, earls the **** bring it back

  2. Savannah Fairchild says

    They should definitely make some more episodes, this show is beyond funny and the ending was a real cliff hanger. They could make some real money by bringing back this show.

  3. says

    So far my name is earl has been my favorite tv show and now I’m left with nothing I want to know who the father of earl jr. Is and earl needs to finish his list

  4. says

    D says: my girlfriend and I have been addicted to watching my names is earl for the past month on Netflix and we were left with a huge cliff hanger on the last episode I would just love to know who was Earl Jrs father please just make another season or two. Sincerely, Dalton

    K says: I was so disappointed to be left off the way it was. I completely fell in love with this show and all the characters on it. Dalton and I watched a few episodes everynight due to no sleep from this pregnancy and I wouldn’t have minded the last episode of the fourth season if only there was another season to follow to keep the chaos going. You are missing out on not only loving fans but also money, I just don’t understand it. Please bring it back! Sincerely, Kayla

  5. Anonymous says

    This show is Awsome just make a season 5 6 7 8already anyone who thinks other wise ha has not seen the show

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