DVD is well known for giving new life to canceled TV shows, often presenting fans with the opportunity of seeing episodes that never made it to air before the plug was pulled. But the Season One box set of the hit comedy My Name Is Earl, due September, takes the concept in a different direction.
The show’s producers have actually created a bonus episode never even intended for TV. The episode has been shot specifically for the DVD release, and if successful the initiative could start a trend for TV shows released on disc. The story offers an alternate spin on the show’s pilot that has Earl vowing to get vengeance on those he’s crossed, rather than repenting for the sake of good Karma.
Says Ethan Suplee (who plays Earl’s hapless brother Randy), “We got to play around a bit with it. I don’t think we said f*ck or anything like that, but I definitely don’t think you could air it on television.”
The DVD set will also feature commentaries, a making of featurette and a blooper reel. “I’m pushing for an entire disc of bloopers, because I always feel like they don’t put enough in,” says Suplee. “We mess up at least once on every take and the language is awful.”