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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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kandy May 12, 2015 at 6:11 pm

this is bs, earl was an amazing show ending it the way yall did was just wrong. yall say it wasnt a good if that was true then people wouldnt still be asking to see it. bring it back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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John E May 12, 2015 at 12:45 pm

It was an amazingly stupid act of the studio to cancel “Earl”, it seems like it was a worldwide sensation and many thousands of people are bothered enough about it to vote on here. Please, Fox or whomever, bring it back!!!

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rachael May 10, 2015 at 7:48 am

Just finished al seaons again. And im sure ill watch it over and over again . But come onnn we need more

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Feistyfox May 9, 2015 at 6:34 pm

Bring back Earl… :( … I think Netflix should pick um up!

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Anonymous May 6, 2015 at 11:38 am

Come on it’s the best show ever bring it back make 4 more episodes

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breannz May 4, 2015 at 3:55 am

Please I need more come on if people are stiil asking for jt and jt ended in09 and
Its2015 that means it was a good show!!!!

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Paul April 28, 2015 at 3:28 pm

please bring back my Name is Earl I really enjoy the show

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Anonymous April 28, 2015 at 6:23 am

I just finished seaon 4 and i was really disappointed on the way the whole series ended. Specially when it said ”To be continued” I mean come on! I want more! :( #BRINGBACKEARLSEASON5

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Tiffany Jones April 27, 2015 at 5:39 pm

Please bring it back! I’ve been waiting for years :-(

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nick April 25, 2015 at 9:22 pm

Plz bring it back i just started watching it on netflix and i have finished in about a week i would love to see a new season

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Anonymous April 27, 2015 at 6:55 pm

ME 2!

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Jennifer April 24, 2015 at 11:40 am

Please, Please bring it back, best thing NBC had going for them. Awesome show…..

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