If the previews for Raising Hope have been reminding you of My Name is Earl lately, that's because they share a creator in Greg Garcia. And like Earl, Raising Hope is a show that surprised me by being a lot better and funnier than it looked. Unfortunately it also shares the very low likelihood of me making a point of watching it every week, but that's not to say it's without merit.
The music world and the television world collide today with castings of Susan Boyle, TLC's Chilli, and Salt n' Pepa's Pepa, and I gotta say... I don't hate it. Also, Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni are awesome and will continue to be awesome, and of course, TWoP News would be nothing without a requisite Jon & Kate mentioning.
Remakes are all the rage in the news today with talks of a new Saturday Night Fever (take one guess at who's the prime candidate for a new Tony Manero) and a film adaptation of the 1980s series The A-Team. Can't anyone think of new material these days? Even TBS is considering taking up My Name Is Earl. Read on -- it's not all that bad.
It's a great news day! Pushing Daisies's last episodes finally got an air date, Chuck got a third season pickup and I'm going on The Amazing Race. April Fool's! I know, it isn't nice to toy with people's emotions like that. I feel a little guilty, but that last one is sort of true... just as soon as I can scrape up the cash! Some smart person finally found a way to offer TAR travel excursions to regular people, where you bebop all over Europe and do crazy stunts... for a fee, and sadly without Phil and his eyebrows. Still -- cool, right? Now if we can just work on the networks about making those other two things happen, it really would be a banner day. In other news...
Different writers spent their ninety-day down time during the WGA strike in different ways. Our Pamie, for instance, got heavy into crafts. Whereas My Name Is Earl executive producer Greg Garcia apparently spent a month working at an unnamed fast-food restaurant. He says it helped him to get back in touch with his audience, and that he worked with great people in an impeccably clean location. So...we can probably rule out Taco Bell as his erstwhile employer, then.
My Name is Earl is a much funnier show than it should be, but even that doesn't save it from the occasional piece of crap episode. Our own Zach Oat has called out the show's worst half-hours, ruined by plot contrivances, dream sequences, coma love, and that evil little thing called stuntcasting. Get the full list here, and come back to file your own Earl grievances in the comments.
All of this focus on overweight reality shows -- Biggest Loser, Dance Your Ass Off, More to Love -- has drawn our attention away from the original plus-size primetime stars. You know, the fictional ones? Most of the great TV shows of the modern era have included at least one character from this increasingly sizable segment of society, and nine times out of ten they ended up being our favorite character on the series. Here are ten who float to the top of our favorites list.
The NBC upfronts were today, leading to some news, although not the news you may be looking for. Other than that, it's been pretty quiet. You might say it's been too quiet. You might want to hunker down for a couple of days until what's coming, comes. Circle the couch cushions. Turn on CNN. Make some chocolate milk. Run silent. Run deep. The day's news briefs are after the jump.
If you had a question you could ask the cast, crew, or writers of My Name Is Earl, what would it be? Here's your chance to actually get an answer: The fine folks who produce the show are asking TWoP readers for their help with a bonus feature that will be created for the show's next DVD release. They want to collect questions from you and then they'll pick the best ones and film responses from the actors and crew. The footage will appear on the Season 4 box set. Pretty cool.
All you have to do is post your questions in this forum thread or in the comments section of this blog posting. If you'd like to potentially be mentioned by name on the DVD, please include your real name and hometown along with your questions. (But if you just want to use your screenname, that's fine, too.) This opportunity ends at midnight EST on Sunday, March 8, so if you're interested, start posting!
On tonight's episode of My Name is Earl, Jason Priestley makes a guest appearance, the latest in a string of high-profile guest-stars that have been on the show, including David Arquette, Seth Green, Jenna Elfman and that dude from Children of the Corn. We asked Jason about his guest stint as Earl's cousin, then snuck in the requisite 90210 questions, since he's directing an upcoming episode of the show, and also because he was a dreamboat on the original who made sideburns cool again.