R.I.P. My Name is Earl

My Name is Earl fans can cross it off their lists--the show is now officially dead. There was hope that the recently cancelled karmic crusader would get an 11th-hour stay of execution, but the comedy's last chance--TBS--has pulled out of the running.

The cable channel was in talks with 20th Century Fox Television earlier this week for a potential deal to renew My Name is Earl for 13 episodes, but those talks have silenced. And the studio isn't even giving a glimmer of hope for revival.

"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," the studio told Variety. "As none of us, (creator Greg Garcia) 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."

NBC cancelled My Name is Earl last month after producers realized a new shoestring budget proposal wouldn't work for the show. It's the curse of the single-camera comedy; sure they look better and have greater production values, but no network wants to fork over that much cash when it can opt for the multi-camera method that works so well for cheap comedies like According to Jim. Had Earl gone multi-camera, producers felt it would have lost its spirit.

R.I.P. My Name is Earl--you'll be missed.

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