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My Name is …Twitition?? “Earl” fans launch Twitter rescue campaign
NBC wouldn’t save it, but could Twitter rescue the axed TV comedy “My Name is Earl”?
Actor Ethan Suplee, who plays Earl’s buffoonish brother Randy Hickey on the four year-old American comedy show, has a Twitter campaign aimed at trying to persuade another U.S. television network to pick up the series, which NBC said this week it was dropping from its fall schedule.
“If it’s just a matter of some people saying, ‘We want to watch the show,’ let’s see if some people want to say that,” Suplee told Web site PopEater.com.
“Ultimately there are just a couple more episodes that I’d like to see done. It doesn’t have to be the show that runs infinitely, but there are a few episodes that ['Earl''s creator Greg Garcia] wanted to make, that I was excited about making. Just to close it out – is this guy stuck making amends for the rest of his life?” Suplee said of the cliffhanger that ended the fourth season.
As of Friday the campaign on behalf of the Emmy-award winning comedy had attracted just over one million followers on Twitter.
And whether it succeeds or not in bringing the show back to a TV screen somewhere, the petition has notched up a new entry into the English language – the first known use of the word “Twitition.”