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TV Tonight: My Name Is Earl

If I'm being honest, My Name Is Earl is probably my least-favorite show in NBC's Thursday night comedy lineup. And yet, its return tonight fills me with an absolute feeling of joy. Why? Because Earl's reappearance after a long, writers' strike-induced hiatus means the rest of NBC's comedies are almost back, too. And the rest of NBC's comedies coming back means the other shows aren't far from returning, either — and that means that we're not far from a few weeks of TV-as-usual (before the Summer break kicks in, that is). Hooray!

Earl isn't launching into the second half of its season quietly. For one thing, tonight's return episode is an hour long. For another, Paris Hilton is appearing in it. And — probably most important to the show — it will answer the question of what happens to Earl and his potential true love, Billie Jean (Alyssa Milano), after they were struck by a car and left unconscious. Show creator Greg Garcia promised that the episode will take us into Earl's unconscious mind, which sounds like quite a terrifying place to be, indeed.

Another funny thing about the episode: Garcia asked NBC's president, Jeff Zucker, to record a recap of Earl's season to date. The resulting video is full of writers' strike in-jokes and more than a little toolishness from Zucker, but if you're into nerdy Hollywood humor, it's worth a watch. To check it out, just


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geohiker geohiker 8 years
I really love Earl! Last night's episode was good - except for the Paris parts. Having Alyssa Milano guest starring also made it really plain who can act and who is just posing (literally - that's all she did).
megnmac megnmac 8 years
I thought it was hilarious how they asked you to watch the shows on in the first 17 days! I like that they addressed the strike, and moved on. It isn't my favorite, but it is an adorable and well crafted show.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 8 years
:WOOHOO: Earl AND Paris!
Hootie Hootie 8 years
Just Bring On The Office Already!!!
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
I love My Name is Earl. I am a big Kevin Smith fan also. I hope Paris doesn't ruin the episode! Jason Lee is hilarious in whatever he is in!
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
I love Earl, it's such a good show! YAY for TV coming back! Now hurry up with the new Lost episodes!!!!!!!!!!!
ALSW ALSW 8 years
I personally love Earl. Can't wait!
Phasekitty Phasekitty 8 years
As a long time Kevin Smith fan- I LOVE My Name is Earl, mainly because Jason Lee and Ethan Suplee are awesome together. They get a ton of great guest stars (I especially loved it when Ben Foster showed up) and it's just good fun. It's the perfect lead in to The Office for me. I'm so excited it's back tonight!
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