Fans of the hit comedy series, My Name is Earl, can expect to experience something new in next Thursday’s episode, and the NBC network is calling it “Laugh ‘n” Sniff.”
In the hopes of attracting more viewers to the show, the network will be placing special scratch-and-sniff cards inside next week’s issues of TV Guide. The cards, which will contain a variety of smells like obnoxious cologne, Oreo cookies under numbered boxes and new car smell, can be rubbed off by viewers each time an instruction to do so appears on screen.
The May 3rd episode titled "Get a New Job" will follow its’ main character, Earl Hickey, played by actor Jason Lee, as he embarks on his first real job at an appliance center while his dubious ex-wife Joy Turner, played by Jaime Pressly, continues to await her trial.
Aside from Lee and Pressly, My Name is Earl also stars Ethan Suplee, who portrays Earl’s brother Randy Hickey, Nadine Velazquez, who plays sexy motel maid Catalina Aruca, and Eddie Steeples, who portrays Crab Shack cook Darnell “Crab Man” Turner. The show began airing in September of 2005 and is now one of NBC’s top-rated series. Greg Garcia, creator of My Name is Earl, said in an interview with Script magazine that he thought of the idea for the show while he was vacationing with his wife’s family in North Carolina. “I didn’t really start with anything in particular, other than the fact that I believe in karma. I like stories about people starting fresh later in life, and I’ve always been attracted to the world of trailer parks. So, I guess I took those three things and came up with this idea.”
In trying to get his story adapted into the small screen, Garcia approached all the major networks, but was turned down. It was only a year and half later when NBC decided to “give it a shot.”
The 40-minute second season finale of My Name is Earl will air on May 10.
-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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