Off-Net ‘Earl’ to Join ‘Office’ on TBS

Jun 21, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Following a deal for cable rights to NBC’s “The Office,” TBS has picked up the other half of the Peacock’s Thursday night prime-time comedy block, nabbing “My Name Is Earl” for a fall 2009 debut on the cable outlet.
Industry sources placed the price tag for “Earl” around $1 million per episode.
The addition freshens up the TBS comedy lineup, which has long been anchored by the likes of “Seinfeld,” “Friends” and “Everybody Loves Raymond.”
“‘My Name Is Earl’ is a quality program, whose strong comedic writing and performances have earned it a cadre of dedicated viewers and awards,” said Bob Cook, president/chief operating officer of Twentieth Television.
“We are thrilled to enter into this agreement with TBS to bring fans even more chances to watch their favorite ill-fated hero on his quest to amend a lifetime of mistakes.”
Beginning in September 2009, the critically acclaimed sitcom will be presented in syndication on TBS, joining the cable network’s lineup of popular comedies. Also included in the deal are digital rights for broadband streaming and on-demand.
“‘My Name Is Earl’ is a truly unique and very funny comedy that has captured the imagination of both critics and audiences alike,” said Ken Schwab, senior vice president of programming for TBS and sister network TNT. “It will make a perfect addition to the TBS lineup, which is the go-to place for the best in television comedy.”
(Editor: Horowitz)

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