My name was Earl
Tuesday, July 7, 2009 3:59:43 PM
Though I think the series had plateaued in terms of innovation and character development, it was still a masterful ensemble piece and I will miss it, especially the character of Randy, superbly portrayed by Ethan Suplee.
Apparently the producers tried to get the series picked up by another network but it would have required them shaving $1m from each episode's budget, which would have meant cutting back on the staff. While it is enjoyable to see the cast of characters move in and out of the action (as per The Simpsons) I could cheerfully have lost all of the characters except Earl, Randy, Joy and Crab-Man if it meant the series was saved.
Yes, I know this means sacrificing the pulchritudinous Cataliina but she is a bit of a two dimensional (ahem! Not physically, obviously) character. I'd rather feature Ralph Mariano, the third member of the criminal gang which Earl and Randy used to be in.
Oh well, perhaps there will be a film, though it's unlikely, given the cult status (rather than nationwide popularity) of the series. Then again, if Hollywood can finance what seems like a dozen Silent Bob movies, many of which featured Jason Lee (Earl), it is not beyond the realms of possibility that it would contemplate an Earl film.