Wednesday, April 22, 2009

TheTVObserver: My Name Is Earl

OnTheProgram, our brand new series, looks at My Name is Earl. Hickey who is on an interesting journey which demands him to take note of the little thing called Karma.

I have to admit that most of the time, I enjoy listening to Earl make sense of very stupid scenarios. But nonetheless the show offers a unique take on entertainment and it is safe to assume that Earl’s character is a very critical part of its success...of course the writers have a hand in ensuring that.

The series stars Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly, Eddie Steeples and Nadine Velazquez. Lee stars in the title role as "Earl J. Hickey", a petty crook with occasional run-ins with the law, whose newly won $100,000 lottery ticket is lost when he is hit by a car. Lying in a hospital bed, under the influence of morphine, he develops a belief in the concept of karma when he hears about it during an episode of Last Call with Carson Daly.

What I like about the show mostly, is that it is based on a heavy load of crap….sorry I meant to say….oh wait, what did I mean to say? Oh yeah, something about a world that we never see on TV unless it’s on one of Quentin Tarantino movies.

I’ve always found movies or television shows based on or featuring a poor character to be very interesting. That world bring with it such chaos that it makes the very entertainment we love, even better. But on Earls World, it is funny but human. A man with a good intent, in a world which does not even recognize such an act, but his activities begs the question….can Karma push you to be this good?....think about that for a sec.

He decides he wants to turn his life around and makes a list of all the bad things he's ever done. After doing his first good deed, he finds his $100,000 lottery ticket. He sees this as a sign and, with his new lucky money, he proceeds to cross items off the list, one by one, by doing good deeds in correspondence to the list items to atone for them.

My Name Is Earl is set in Camden County, a fictional location about which creator Greg Garcia says "the show doesn’t technically take place anywhere....we like to think it’s anywhere. We don’t really say exactly where it is".

One reviewer has noted the significance of the fact that Earl's very confession to having led a life of idiocy is what endears him to the viewer, and is what suggests that there is more to his character than the surface persona that the viewer initially sees.

Can KARMA push you to be this good? was the question.

Some critics have claimed that the series has a Scientologist bias or message, with actors Jason Lee and Ethan Suplee being Scientologists. If so, how many films in the history of television and entertainment, continue to have Catholic or Evangelical bias? C'mon

Creator and head writer Greg Garcia wrote the pilot while working on another sitcom, Yes, Dear. He initially pitched the series to Fox, which passed on the series. He then approached NBC, which optioned the pilot on a cast-contingent basis, meaning they would order the pilot provided a suitable cast could be assembled.

Jason Lee was approached for the lead role, but was uninterested in working in television and passed on the series twice before finally agreeing to read the pilot script. Though he liked the pilot, he was hesitant to commit to his first TV starring role until after meeting with Garcia, after which he signed on to play Earl Hickey.

I enjoy watching the show and often find my 30minute observation fly past like I just spend five minutes. Also Earl and company do not try to be something they are not. Together with his brother, they are just trying to make good on all the wrongs they’ve done, or Earls wrongs.


TheTVObserver Review/s
Great Sitcom
An Entertaining Lesson in Family and being a good Person

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