Right now:  Maybe.

The thing about this is I know from Cast & Crew they’ve been let go.  So it’s just like REAPER.  If they renew the show they have to go back and get cast & crew to do new contracts.  That isn’t easy.  In the case of REAPER it’s what stalled the show, one (possibly two) told Mark Gordon Productions they weren’t interested unless they could be assured the quality was there in the writing.

What MY NAME IS EARL has going for it:  It’s a 13 episode order that will push it over 100 episodes and enter it into the blessed land of syndication.  So that means a lot of money for the cast.  They’ll make the deal.  It also has the show’s creator still on board (something REAPER doesn’t).

It’s early talks and it could go either way, however it shouldn’t have any issues getting the cast and crew to sign up for one last run (or possibly more).  TBS will likely want some kind of multiple season offer (so if it works for them, it keeps going).


8 responses to “MY NAME IS EARL On TBS?

  1. Some guy named John

    Well 100 episodes is a great thing, and TBS has been showing the show for a while now. It would make sense for them to buy more episodes/seasons. Maybe Earl can finnaly finish up that list of his.

  2. *crosses fingers in hope*

  3. Sounds Good, Earl has been an enjoyable show for the past 4 seasons and it would be nice to have it continue, what are its chances at the moment?

  4. Wilson, I’d say the chances are better than average. I think the parties involved would renegotiate their contracts to get the syndication money.

  5. Is there more money in syndication now than there was, say, ten or twenty years ago? Because syndication seems to be everyone’s goal; I heard that if you can get a syndication deal, you’re pretty set for life. But there are still a lot of older shows that are in syndication now but the stars are broke or nearing it. Just curious if it’s poor money management or they didn’t get as good as a deal as some today.

    Ah, show biz, there is so much I don’t know about you.

  6. Annie, I’m pretty sure most of the older stars got majorly screwed out of residuals, and that’s why a lot of em are broke. Nowadays, though, with SAG’n all, they earn a pretty penny.

  7. Nick, you can be the Special Chronicler of How Shows Get Saved (or Not). I’d love to have some history on how this happens. Is it part of a fantastic strategy, special powers, or just crazy random happenstance?

    I’m just, you know, curious.

  8. Some guy named John


    For a majority os “saved” shows it comes down to some simple things, another network produced the show and thinks it still worth money (think Medium/Scrubs/JAG), the 100 episode number is close at hand, the show is a hit internationally on the syndication circuit (think Baywatch), or its cheap and would bring decent numbers if nothing else can fill the gap .