So much for those talks about TBS bringing My Name Is Earl back to life.
The cable channel and 20th Century Fox TV, which produced the show, had begun discussing ways to revive Earl earlier this week, following NBC’s decision last month not to bring it back for a fifth season. Thursday, though, the studio took the somewhat unusual step of releasing a statement that those talks didn’t result in anything positive.
Money was the sticking point, with the studio saying “we simply could not make the economics work” without “seriously undermining” the content of the show.
Earl won five Emmys over its four seasons — including honors for writing and directing after season one and for supporting actress Jaime Pressly after season two — and earned star Jason Lee a pair of Golden Globe nods.
Here’s the full statement from the studio:
“[Creator] Greg Garcia’s brilliant My Name is Earl kept America laughing for the past four seasons and certainly deserved to continue for many more. 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, Greg 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.”
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