My Name is Earl

MY NAME IS EARL
A double episode Easter Sunday special
Sunday, April 8th at 7:45pm

3 brings you a double episode of the hilarious My Name Is Earl on Easter Sunday, with a cross-over episode of the reality series Cops, and an episode guest starring Academy Award-winner Marlee Matlin, screening Sunday, April 8th at 7:45pm.

In the first episode Earl (Jason Lee), Randy (Ethan Suplee), Joy (Jaime Pressly), Darnell (Eddie Steeples), and the Crab Shack regulars relive their 15 minutes of fame as they watch a repeat of the show Cops, in which they were all featured.

As the cops come across Earl and Randy in a quarrel with a cashier at the convenient store, Randy and Earl escape the store with stolen batteries when the cops are distracted.

When the cops came by the trailer park with their camera crew, Earl manages to add three more wrongs to his long list: ‘Kidnapped a camera man’, ‘Stole a police car’, and ‘Peed in the back of a cop car’.

In the second episode of the Emmy Award-winning comedy, Earl decides to make amends for repeatedly stealing Kenny James’ lunch as a child, only to discover that Kenny’s most recent boyfriend dumped him for not being masculine enough.

Kenny then asks Earl to help him become more “manly”, and Earl decides to teach him to gamble, which leads them both to develop a gambling problem, to the point of Kenny having to sell all of his furniture due to losses.

The first part of a two-part episode sees Earl’s gambling problems also set off a chain of events in which Catalina is deported back to Mexico, and Earl vowing to save her.

The episode guest stars Marlee Matlin, (the deaf actress who won an Academy Award for her performance in 1986’s Children of a Lesser God), who plays a deaf lawyer.

Tune in to the Easter Sunday double episode My Name Is Earl, screening Sunday, April 8th at 7:45pm on 3.

For more information visit: tv3.co.nz/earl

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Hollywood bad boy Christian Slater guest stars
Sunday, April 1st at 8pm

Hollywood actor and bad-boy Christian Slater stars as a stoner in this week’s episode of 3’s hilarious comedy My Name Is Earl, screening Sunday, April 1st at 8pm.

38-year-old Slater grew up studying at New York performing art schools. His mum was a Hollywood casting agent and his dad an actor.

He embraced the Hollywood party scene, after starring in some of the biggest films from the 90s including True Romance, Broken Arrow and Interview With A Vampire.

Now, after growing up and having a more settled acting career, Slater stars as a character based on actor and naturalist Woody Harrelson, in this week’s My Name Is Earl.

In the middle of a heat wave, Earl decides to cross number 26 off his list “Robbed a Stoner Blind”. To accomplish this task Earl and Randy find Woody the stoner (Slater) and must live an environmentally conscious life in the commune with Woody for a week.

Years earlier, Randy and Earl met Woody when they broke into his apartment to use his air-conditioning. When Randy and Earl realised that Woody was a complete stoner, they decided to rob him blind without him even knowing.

The duo track Woody down at a hippie commune where he is building a house out of cow dung, but because he has smoked so much weed, he can’t even recall ever meeting Randy or Earl.

For Earl to cross Randy off his list, Woody says they can help around the hippie commune for a week. But after collapsing from hunger, Randy bumps his head and is given some herbal remedy for his injury, which causes him to start seeing everything in claymation.

Tune in to this week’s hilarious episode of the Emmy Award-winning My Name Is Earl, screening Sunday, April 1st at 8pm.

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American actress Jenny McCarthy guest stars
Sunday, March 25th at 8pm

American actress and model Jenny McCarthy guest stars as a hot personal trainer in this week’s episode of My Name Is Earl, screening Sunday, March 25th at 8pm.

After McCarthy graduated from high school, she attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale to study nursing, and decided to submit her picture to Playboy magazine to pay for college.

After getting accepted by Playboy in 1993, she became the Playmate of the Month and later the Playmate of the Year. From this point McCarthy started gaining attention and she moved to Los Angeles to become an MTV host.

In 1998, McCarthy began her film career and starred in many television series including Stacked, Charmed, The Drew Carey Show, and Just Shoot Me!

The 34-year-old, who is currently dating Jim Carrey, stars in this week’s episode of My Name Is Earl as a hot personal trainer whose life could have been a lot different if Earl (Jason Lee) hadn’t interfered years earlier.

Needing a change of pace, Catalina (Nadine Velazquez) helps Earl with an item on his list; which leads to the discovery of two undelivered letters: a love letter, and one which reveals Darnell’s secret.

When Earl delivers the love letter back to its owner, the man, Will (Johnny Sneed), is thankful and tells Earl the story of how the letter was meant for a personal trainer who he was in love with years earlier.

Will explains that he used to be a body builder, but let himself go because he thought Wendy had retrieved the letter and wanted nothing to do with him. Can Earl undo this wrong?

Find out in this week’s episode of My Name Is Earl, guest starring the gorgeous Jenny McCarthy screening Sunday, March 25th at 8pm.

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The ‘90s comedy queen Roseanne Barr guest stars
Sunday, March 18th at 8pm

The Emmy Award-winning, controversial comedienne Rosanne Barr guest stars as the manager of a trailer park in this week’s episode of My Name Is Earl, screening Sunday, March 18th at 8pm.

When Joy (Jaime Pressly) needs a restraining order lifted in order to improve her image for an upcoming trial, Earl (Jason Lee) decides to confront number 12 on his list – “Made a Lady Think I was God.”

In a mean-spirited attempt to have the manager of their trailer park, Millie Banks (Barr) stop harassing them, Earl disguises himself as the voice of God and fools Millie into obeying his absurd commands.

As Earl tries to erase Millie off his list, he finds that the once shrewd trailer park manager is gone and has transformed for the better.

Roseanne became famous in the early 1980s with her stand-up comedy routine, which received significant critical acclaim for its unglamourised portrayal of the typical American working-class housewife.

It was during this routine that she also coined the now-well-known phrase “domestic goddess,” referring to a homemaker or a housewife. This led to her own series called Roseanne starring Emmy Award-nominee John Goodman from 1988 to 1997.

But she was better known for her scandalous off-screen antics – dramatic plastic surgery, infamously bad singing, and her inexplicable marriage to fellow actor Tom Arnold.

Since then she has committed to a few short-term television projects, stand-up comedy and looking after her son, a full time job says Barr.

“First they [journalists] go, ‘What have you been doing?’ I say, ‘Well, I have an 11-year-old son, so mostly I’ve been doing homework,’ and then they go, ‘Oh, yeah, but I mean, what have you been doing?’ It’s like the old days, when people thought that stuff like raising children didn’t count. How I make my money is what they’re really asking me.”

Her cameo role on My Name Is Earl is definitely a one off, says Barr, who wants a quieter life with her son, with a couple of stand-up shows every now and again.

“I may do some stand-up and maybe a special every couple of years. I don’t really have any plans because they would interfere with raising my son. I don’t see myself as really being in that industry anymore. I’m no longer part of that community.”

Tune in to see the ‘90s comedy queen back in action on the Emmy Award-winning My Name Is Earl, screening Sunday, March 18th at 8pm.

Sunday, February 11th at 8pm

The Emmy Award-winning creator of My Name Is Earl, Greg Garcia, says there will be more character development in the second season of 3’s hit comedy, screening Sunday, February 11th at 8pm.

At the start of season two, the writers sat down and planned out where they wanted the characters to head, something they improvised during season one as the show progressed.

“We kind of know some bigger things that are going to happen in their lives and how we’re going to watch that develop for the whole second season, whereas the first season individual episodes were just their own little movies.”

During the first season of the Emmy Award-winning comedy a twist of fate turns Earl’s (Jason Lee) life into a tailspin of life-renewing events when he won a small lottery and, after an epiphany, was determined to transform his good fortune into a life-changing event as he sets out to right all the wrongs from his past.

36-year-old Garcia, who produces and has directed an episode of the show, says My Name Is Earl combines three themes he enjoys exploring.

“I like stories where people start things new in their lives, have kind of an awakening to start things new later in life; I’ve always believed in karma; and I also love the trailer park world, I’ve always dug that. In high school, I would go to a trailer park to meet up with a friend who lived in one briefly. And I loved it there, I loved the characters, I just dug it.”

Joining Earl along his quest to cleanse his karma are a few dim-witted, trailer park friends: hapless brother Randy (Ethan Suplee), and the very sexy Catalina (Nadine Velazquez).

Even Darnell (Eddie Steeples), the owner of the Crab Shack where Earl drinks beer, offers his support, but it’s Earl’s ex-wife Joy (Jaime Pressly) who won’t lift a finger to help unless there’s something in it for her.

In part one of the two-part season premiere: when Joy and Darnell get into an argument over her surprise birthday, Earl jumps at the opportunity to cross off number 183 on his list “Never took Joy’s side”.

Tune in to the second season of the hilarious comedy which won the prestigious People’s Choice Award for Favourite New Television Comedy in its first year – My Name Is Earl, screening Sunday February 11th at 8pm, on 3.

A full third season of My Name is Earl, due to screen in 2007/8 in the US, has just been confirmed.

In “My Name Is Earl”, Earl (Jason Lee, “Almost Famous”) has taken one too many wrong turns on the highway of life. However, a twist of fate turns his life into a tailspin of life-renewing events when after winning a small lottery, Earl has an epiphany and is determined to transform his good fortune into a life-changing event as he sets out to right all the wrongs from his past.

In its inaugural season last year, the show received the People’s Choice Award, two Television Critics Awards, a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and Emmys for executive producers Greg Garcia and Marc Buckland for writing and directing, respectively.

Joining Earl along his quest to cleanse his karma are his hapless brother Randy (Ethan Suplee, “Cold Mountain”) and the very sexy Catalina (Nadine Velazquez, “The Bold and the Beautiful”). Even Darnell (Eddie Steeples, “Torque”), the owner of the Crab Shack where Earl drinks beer, offers his support. But it’s Earl’s ex-wife Joy (Jaime Pressly, “Not Another Teen Movie”) who won’t help him unless there’s something in it for her.

Created and written by Garcia (“Yes, Dear”), “My Name Is Earl” is executive-produced by Garcia, Buckland (“Medical Investigation,” “Ed”) and Bobby Bowman (“Yes, Dear”). The series is produced by Amigos de Garcia and Twentieth Century Fox Television.