Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Peacock's Axe falls on TV's My Name is Earl

Or, Does Hollywood Have Xenuphobia?
Los Angeles : "My Name Is Earl" creator Greg Garcia, is a writer because he has a way with words. Asked for his take on NBC's unceremonious cancellation of his single-camera comedy today, Garcia didn't miss a beat: "It’s hard to be too upset about being thrown off the Titanic."

In case the reference isn't obvious, NBC is in fourth place among networks, after a lackluster season in which it launched seven new shows and five of them failed and the other two have not broken out.

Jason Lee, Scientologist, who played the part of Earl Hickey, is finding out, like the show's tag-line says, Karma is a funny thing.

Maybe getting mixed up in a dangerous cult doesn't help a Hollywood career.

Ethan Suplee, also a Scientologist, who played buffoon Randy Hickey in My Name Is Earl, was all a Twitter venting his frustration.
"Just got the call that My Name Is Earl has been canceled," he wrote. "They sure did take their time with that decision... or rather informing us of it."

The Earl cast aren't the only ones experiencing Xenuphobia in Hollywood. Tom Cruise, now head chef at Xenu's Waffle House, finished "Valkyrie" — which probably cost more like $150 million total when all the bookkeeping is done — brought the end of Cruise’s producing partnership with Paula Wagner and threw his deal with MGM to make movies at their United Artists into question. In Germany, where "Valkyrie" was supposed to rehabilitate Cruise’s image and ingratiate his frowned upon Scientology, the movie made a middling $10 million. It opened and closed fast, already off the charts.

There have been problems. Cruise was replaced in the movie he was supposed to make, "Edwin Salt," by Angelina Jolie. The script was rewritten for a female protagonist.

Now it’s past March, and Cruise has no movies in the can for 2009 or even 2010. If he doesn’t start something soon, he could miss the summer 2010 release schedule.

Cruise's last actual hit movie was released in June 2006 — that was "Mission: Impossible 3," and although it was very well made by director J.J. Abrams, it was not the monster that its predecessors had been. Since then, Cruise has appeared in the dreadful box office loser, "Lions for Lambs," and made his popular cameo appearance as an offensive movie producer in "Tropic Thunder."

After months of hounding, Cruise's publicist finally released a statement of what Tom's future plans where going to be in Hollywood. It was held up while Scientology's Secret Service edited out any sensitive information. The results are posted here at newsfact.

Well, that certainly clears everything up.

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