Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Review: My Name Is Earl

If you're anything like Las Fashionistas, once Gilmore Girls was over on Tuesday, it was a question of "what next?" Luckily for all of us, Jason Lee's new show My Name is Earl was on at 9, so it was a quick zip to NBC to watch if it would sink or swim. Now, we love Jason, and we were pretty excited that we'd get a chance to see his antics on a weekly basis. But would the new show live up to his potential?

On the whole, I have to say it was pretty good. In fact, it was well written and had a good concept. This is promising for a fledgling program, although I'm withholding judgement if this concept will carry it through a few seasons. The bottom line is, it's off to a good start, and it has the potential to carry it through for a while. It will get picked up for the second season, I'm sure of it. Of course, it helped that NBC pumped as much of its advertising dollar as it could to promote the show - I'm sure that will have something to do with its initial success, and the numbers out of the gate showed the network won the time slot. But what will keep the show going in the long term is Jason's hysterical grasp of the common man, and an excellent supporting cast.

Wha- wait a minute. Was that Willem, the lovable oaf from Mallrats?? In fact it was Ethan Suplee, also an alumni of The Butterfuly Effect and Cold Mountain. He was excellent, and supported Jason well, which shouldn't be shocking because they've worked together. Also fantastic in the episode were Earl's former abusee Kenny and Catalina, the maid of his hotel. And if you go to and look at the show's page, you can even check out Earl's list of amends he must make to improve his karma. Final decision - check Earl out next week, and you won't be at all disappointed.