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. Adu says

    Please bring back My Name Is Earl !Please give us a season 5 and then a season 6 and never discontinue it again! I loved this show! I loved all the characters and the actors! They were perfect! The show was funny and heartwarming … kept me in suspense while making me laugh.It was a perfect seties.You never knew what item Earl and Randy will decide to cross pff the list…and their adventures never ended.Joy and Crab Man were funny and everybody was funny.My Name Is Earl is waaaay funny than Raising Hope (frankly,i only watch Raising Hope because i’m a Garcia fan).Please bring My Name Is Earl back…we really care about this series and we really love the series and every character,every actor!It was the perfect show!Why did you have to discontinue it?!Please bring it back!Pleeeeeeaaaaaseeeeee !!!!

  2. rae says

    I think with Netflix and Hulu, not to mention Raising Hope references, Earl is gathering an even bigger fan base. Time to negotiate season 5 finally….

  3. ROBERT A says

    Why would u cancel the show if it was getting good ratings and everyone loved it PLEAAASSEEE put it back on

  4. rich hooper says

    Just got to the end of the box set, gutted there is not another season.loved all and looked forward to watching it every night. Bring back earl,please.

  5. william mckinley says

    Just started to watch Earl live the show. Hope they bring it back and wrap the show up yea for DVDs and tbs

  6. NIck Bedford says

    Bring it back I got Netflix an just finished it an loved it. For the last fu weeks I would git off work sit down an flip it on. Every day I looked forward to it after work. Bring it back!!!!!!!!!

  7. jay says

    this was the greatest, funniest show ever, im not happy about the show being cancelled…but they had a great run and im sure theyre gonna think of something eventually, and when they do ill be on my couch waiting for that 1st show anxiously…lol 😉

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