'Earl' won't move to TBS

Show creators could not make economics work out

"My Name Is Earl" will be no more.

Despite interest from TBS to continue the canceled NBC series with new episodes, producing studio 20th Century Fox TV and creator/executive producer Greg Garcia have opted not to move forward, putting an end to the offbeat comedy after four seasons.

The decision came after the studio conducted preliminary talks with TBS and examined the cuts it would have had to make to produce the single-camera broadcast series for the cable network.

"While we had hoped to find a way to produce additional episodes for TBS, in the final analysis we simply could not make the economics work without seriously undermining the artistic integrity of the series," 20th TV said Thursday. "As none of us, Greg included, want the show to go out on anything but a high note, we regret that we must put to rest any speculation that 'Earl' will continue."

We are grateful to everyone at TBS for their enthusiasm for the series and wish to offer our heartfelt thanks to the cast and crew of 'My Name Is Earl' for their incredible work."

TBS owns off-network syndication rights to the comedy and will begin airing it in the fall.
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