"My Name Is Earl" star Jason Lee is jumping back into TV as the lead in "Delta Blues," a pilot for cable network TNT that's executive produced by George Clooney. The hourlong "Delta Blues," from Clooney and Grant Heslov's Smokehouse Pictures and Warner Horizon, centers on Dwight Hendricks (Lee), a Memphis police officer who lives with his mother and moonlights as an Elvis impersonator.
My Name Is Earl is not moving to TBS . Though this was the latest possibility as of yesterday, today it has been confirmed that financially this won't be an option. The show is really dead this time. Here is a final statement from a studio rep (via AusielloFiles "While we had hoped to find a way to produce additional episodes for TBS, in the final analysis we simply could not make the economics work without seriously undermining the artistic integrity of the series. As none of us, [series creator] Greg [Garcia] included, want the show to go out on anything but a high note, we regret that we must put to rest any speculation that Earl will continue. We are grateful to everyone at TBS for their enthusiasm for the series and wish to offer our heartfelt thanks to the cast and crew of My Name is Earl for their incredible work." Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Related Stories: My Name Is Earl Could Return on TBS Cancellation Buzz: Can Twitter Save Earl? TV Graveyard - NBC
NBC didn't order any more My Name Is Earl last month, but that may not be the end of the show after all: TBS is now in talks to revive the comedy. The negotiations are still in the early stages, and none of the cast members have signed on. But word is TBS would consider picking up the show for 13 more episodes. Presumably it would be a lower-budget version of the show - but Earl's world doesn't seem like one that would be too hard to re-create for less money. Fox and ABC also considered reviving the show but ultimately passed on it. TBS seems like a good fit, especially since the channel already has a deal to show repeats of Earl, and I could see it fitting in with other TBS comedies like The Bill Engvall Show. What do you think? Would you follow Earl to TBS? Source Here
NBC has kind of been a TV Graveyard for a few years now, hasn't it? While there have been some bright spots, like the non-cancellations of low-rated gems like Friday Night Lights and now Chuck , the network still can't launch a ratings hit. Even "hit" comedies The Office and 30 Rock receive pretty paltry viewership. Thus, each year now, NBC launches a bunch of new shows...and most of them don't survive. They also slowly give up on longer running series that still haven't broken out, like My Name Is Earl (4 seasons) and fan-favorite Life (2 seasons). Also in NBC's graveyard from earlier this year are: My Own Worst Enemy , Crusoe , Knight Rider (2008) and Lipstick Jungle . Now joining them are biblical-inspired Kings and Molly Shannon sitcom Kath and Kim . Fans of ER also know that the long-running program finally finished up its run back in April. Which show in NBC's graveyard saddens you most? I've already come to peace with Lipstick Jungle , lost touch with Earl a few seasons ago (though still...not cool, NBC), and never got into Life , so personally I am most disappointed about the demise of the criminally underrated and highly inventive Kings .
Upon NBC's cancellation of My Name Is Earl yesterday, one comment the network made was that they hadn't seen the same degree of fan support they had witnessed for the now-renewed Chuck . Less than a day later and the fans are firing back. As of this posting, the Twitter account @EarlTwitition has nearly 9,000 followers and continues to grow. They are calling it a Twitition - aka a Twitter Petition. Merely following the account on Twitter shows your support for the series. The Twitition is gaining some traction, as in addition to its 9,000 followers, Entertainment Weekely picked up the story . There's even some rumblings that either Fox or TBS (if FOX passes) - who currently airs reruns of the show - might be interested in picking up the series for new episodes, so this isn't a hopeless cause! While I stopped watching Earl a few seasons ago, I imagine it deserves to be on TV much more so than a whole lot of other stuff (or in the very least deserves a proper sendoff), so let's do what we can to help! Related Stories Cancellation Buzz: Earl, Unit, Without a Trace, Privileged Dead; Medium on the Move Cancellation Buzz: NBC May Cancel 'My Name Is Earl' but FOX May Pick It Up
There is no love lost between CBS and NBC, but the bad blood between the two companies boiled over Tuesday when NBC canceled the CBS TV Studios-produced drama " Medium ." Following NBC co-chairman Ben Silverman's comments, in which he called "Medium" and fellow canceled veteran "Earl" -- both from outside studios -- "an aging franchise, without a single fan letter, with no passion," CBS Studios came out with a sternly worded statement. "NBC's cancellation of 'Medium' is inexplicable to us," the statement said. "The ratings don't lie: 'Medium' outperforms many of NBC's renewed shows. "Despite inconsistent scheduling, 'Medium' -- under the creative vision of (creator) Glenn Gordon Caron, one of the most preeminent producers in television -- has always performed with distinction both creatively and commercially. Multiple award-winning actress Patricia Arquette and the cast have delivered a stellar series for five consistent seasons. The awards and ratings speak for themselves. "We believe the show has a significant future and await developments." For the past couple of seasons, NBC used the procedural as a midseason replacement on Monday. CBS TV Studios is already in talks with sister network CBS about taking in the veteran drama, possibly as a companion for "Ghost Whisperer" on Friday. Similarly, "Earl" producer 20th TV is in discussions with Fox and ABC.
More fate on bubble shows have been announced this morning. EW's Michael Ausiello has confirmed that CBS's procedurals The Unit and Without a Trace are dead (though Cold Case and Numb3rs have survived), as is 4-season NBC comedy My Name Is Earl and CW dramedy Privileged . NBC also passed on Medium for next season, but the show is CBS-owned and may be picked up by that network. Which of these cancellations do you find most upsetting? I am bummed about all of the false hope recently given regarding Privileged. Sources: EW and EW 2
* My Name Is Earl (8 pm/ET NBC) A Rivera runs through it when the sitcom kicks off a two-part episode tonight. In Part 1, Geraldo Rivera guest stars as a journalist whose news show, Inside Probe, infiltrates Camden to investigate the mysterious disappearance of Crab Shack owner Ernie Belcher. Sure, it takes a good eight years for the segment to finally air, but as the Camden crew settles in to view it, it becomes all too obvious that Earl and Randy are looking like prime suspects. NASCAR racer Michael Waltrip revs up for a guest-star turn. * Survivor: Tocantins (8 pm/ET CBS) Coach's warrior alliance was struck a massive blow last week when Tyson, his ultra-smug cohort, was blindsided at tribal council and sent to join Brendan on the jury. The self-anointed dragon slayer must now scramble to stay in the game, and he's reduced to currying favor with Sierra, whom he tried to oust last week. Is it possible that Coach will get out-schooled by his pupils and become the third member of the jury? * 30 Rock (9:31 pm/ET NBC) Tracy's racy - and he's also erratic and bratty. And Miz Liz has had enough of it. When Liz chides Tracy in front of the staffers, it causes a strange yet wondrous thing to happen: Tracy tries to be a better person, a more professional and mature person. He forfeits all special treatment - but he feels that Liz should do the same. Meanwhile, Jack continues to have daddy issues, especially when his tormenting mother (Elaine Stritch) digs up foul facts about the Donaghy patriarch. And there's monkey business with Jenna: She adopts a pet ape, only to learn valuable lessons about motherhood. Steve Buscemi guest stars. * Private Practice (10:02 pm/ET ABC) It's season-finale time, so dust off those wedding bells. For Violet and Sheldon? For Violet and Pete? Oh well, at least there's a baby on the way. Too bad the very-pregnant Morgan is smack in the middle of whatever's going on between Addison and Noah. Meanwhile, how about that slick health-care exec's offer to set Naomi up in a cutting-edge practice of her own? Didn't he tell Charlotte the same thing? And Dell won't have to search for his daughter after all. That's the good news.... * Bridget's Sexiest Beaches (10 pm/ET Travel Channel) It's a Girls Next Door reunion when Bridget Marquardt returns home to Southern California and meets up with fellow GND cast mates Holly Madison and (the soon-to-be-married) Kendra Wilkinson. Hef's former gal pals are sure to stir up all sorts of trouble when they check out Malibu's secluded beaches and San Diego's hot nightlife scene. Source Here
"My Name is Earl" may be in the middle of running its fourth season on NBC but it may be its last. Nikki Finke of Deadline Hollywood reported that the network is considering to cancel the series to save cost because it has not exactly been stellar in ratings. The show however, may not be buried after all, because there is a possibility that it will be picked up by Fox. The entertainment president of FOX, Kevin Reilly, allegedly is developing the show to be under the new roof because the network is lacking in its comedy show. Reilly was originally in NBC before moving to FOX. There has been no statement released from both NBC and FOX regarding this. "My Name is Earl" which is about the titular character making amends to hinder karma, is taking a break in its fourth season to be back on April 16. Source Here
Former "Charmed" actress Alyssa Milano signed copies of her memoir (and first book) "Safe at Home: Confessions of a Baseball Fanatic" at Border Books bookstore in New York yesterday (March 31). In it, Alyssa describes... See the pics at Putu.Us