UPDATED: Here is what Greg Garcia said about the My Name Is Earl gag onRaising Hope. “To be fair, I didn’t write the joke. But the writer who did knew I would leave it in. Anyway, it’s all water under the bridge. Just a funny way to end a scene.” There will be a lot more Earl references in the February 26 episode of Hope, which stages a reunion of the stars of the NBC comedy — Jason Lee, Jaime Pressly, Ethan Suplee, Eddie Steeples, Nadine Velazquez and Abdoulaye N’Gom. “There’s a lot of Earl jokes throughout,” Garcia said. “I enjoyed it very much. Not sure if anyone else will.”
PREVIOUS: Wondering whether Greg Garcia has gotten over NBC’s unceremonious cancellation of his comedy My Name Is Earl almost four years ago? Here is a clip from this week’s episode of Garcia’s latest series, Fox’s Raising Hope, in which Burt (Garret Dillahunt) kicks the NBC President (Graham Clarke) in the nuts over the My Name Is Earl cancellation. Earl, which was put on the air by Fox chairman Kevin Reilly while he was at NBC, was cancelled by his successor, Ben Silverman, in May 2009 after four seasons. Silverman himself was let go from NBC two months later.
The title of the show might be Raising Hope, but the panel for the upcoming Fox comedy turned to The Cloris Leachman Show as the veteran comedienne almost hijacked the proceedings. After complaining about the seating arrangement and switching seats around, she fielded questions by asking each person asking the question to stand up.
Some of her answers: On why she chose to do the pilot, about a guy (Lucas Neff) and his family who have to raise a baby, the result of the guy’s one-night stand with a girl that turns out to be a wanted felon. “It’s funny, brilliant, f**k. Great cast, a baby.”
On whether she is looking to compete with Betty White for “it” girl status. “I’m so sick of Betty White, never liked her. We have a movie together coming out called You, Again.”
On whether she wants to win more Emmys as she currently holds the record for most wins by an actress, 8. “You bet your life. If I don’t get an Emmy for this show, I’m leaving.”
Creator/executive producer Greg Garcia was asked about the fact that the show kicks off with the baby’s mother getting executed. “It’s dark but I thought it was an interesting way to give this family a baby, so I said: go for it,” prompting Leachman to chime in, dryly, “That’s sort of dark, isn’t it?” The show will share a lot of similarities with Garcia’s previous single-camera comedy My Name Is Earl in the way it’s shot and in terms … Read More »
You be the judge: I’m told this promo is supposed to air April 3rd before the return of NBC’s My Name is Earl. In it, Jeff Zucker offers not just a recap of the show’s fall season but also some zingers about issues left over from the writers’ strike. Worse, it shows him leering at Alyssa Milano’s boobage and signing off as “JZ out…”. I wish this were a hoax — but it’s real. At what point did NBC’s “Must-See TV” degrade into ”JZ TV”? UPDATE: NBC just confirmed to me that Zucker taped the intro “at the request of Earl‘s creator, Greg Garcia”. And in response to my query, Garcia emails: “It was my idea. We had to do a recap of the show because we’d been off for so long, and I thought this would be a funny way to do it. The writers wrote the whole thing, I asked Jeff if he would do it, and he was cool enough to say yes. I loved the way it turned out, and I think it’s fucking hilarious.” Well, I bet it never airs: