Entertainment behind the scenes
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.
With new teen TV drama “90210” getting so much attention these days on the CW network, its predecessor, ”Beverly Hills 90210” seems to have now gained iconic status on the U.S. television landscape. But it wasn’t always that way, remembered Jason Priestley (Brandon Walsh), when looking back at the early days of the original show in the 1990s.
Priestley, 39, who turned down a chance to appear in the new “90210″, told reporters in a conference call Tuesday that he felt neither the original show nor the actors got any respect in the industry 15 years ago – before the Teen Choice Awards and the era of programs directed specifically at teens.