My name is Earl Cancelled

May 20th, 2009 - 3:18 am ICT by John Le Fevre  

My name is Earl cast NBC is putting an end to Thursday night sitcom My Name Is Earl, as broadcasters continue to cut modestly performing programs from their lineup.

Fans of the show first learnt about its axing when Ethan Suplee, who plays Randy, posted the news on micro-blogging platform Twitter: “Just got the call that My Name Is Earl has been canceled. They sure did take their time with that decision or rather informing us of it.”

Set in Camden County, a fictional location in the Central Time Zone, the show also starred Jason Lee, Jaime Pressly, Eddie Steeples and Nadine Velazquez

The show evolves Jason Lee’s role as Earl J. Hickey, a petty crook with occasional run-ins with the law. After first loosing a winning $100,000 lottery ticket when he is hit by a car, he finds it and sets about trying to make amends for all the bad things he has done in the past.

The series first aired on September 20, 2005 and the fourth season culminated on May 14, 2009. In it’s first season My Name is Earl attracted an audience of almost 11 million viewers in the US, but by the last episode was averaging only around 4.5 million viewers.

According to industry sources the news might not all be bad, with the producers of the program, 20th Century Fox Television, reportedly talking to Fox and ABC about the possibility of one of them picking the show up.

In the past ABC has been particularly receptive to picking up rival shows, having taken Scrubs after NBC canceled the series last year.

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