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My Name is Earl writers plant character on TWoP

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 23rd 2007 8:31AM
my name is earlRemember that shout-out to Television Without Pity on last week's My Name is Earl? It's been in the works for a very long time. In fact, it looks like the character on Earl was created first on TWoP. This blogger figured out how the writers did it. Here's how it went down: In 2005, someone registered on TWoP forums with the screen name of "Whojackie". That person posted about 15 times before last week's episode aired. Then, on January 17th, one day before the episode aired, someone named "Bramlet06" posts how he/she wishes Earl would give winks to the audience more. "Whojackie" chimes in, noting that he tends to read out loud as he's posting. Then he goes off on television writers who try cheap gags and says, "No, I don't think shows should do more meta that cater to the online bloggers and I'm sure everyong at Television Without Pity agrees with me." If that line sounds familiar, it's because the character, Dead Josh, said it during a flashback on Earl as he typed on his computer. Two days later, posts from Joy and Crabman show up on TWoP notifying people of "Whojackie's" death.

I've gotta say that I like how Greg Garcia and company did this. They didn't monopolize the forum, but they just used it once to coincide with a show where they were giving the website a shout-out.

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It gets even better. It seems that some of the poster on TWoP emailed Joy *using WhoJackie's email account and she emailed back. Some of her replies referenced things that happened in recents episodes. Now it appears that "Joy" is posting stuff on ebay.


February 12 2007 at 9:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You can donate to whojackie's memorial fund here:


January 25 2007 at 2:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Akbar Fazil

Nathan, I think almost every episode in season 1 had the "HD" easter egg.

January 23 2007 at 3:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael G


January 23 2007 at 3:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I remember the fist season when Randy held up the sign that said "HD is cool" and you could only see it if you where watching in HD (of if you bit torrent it). I like how the creators do fun stuff like this. It make the show feel more like its in 2007, and not stuck in the 70's.

January 23 2007 at 11:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Allen Mendelsohn

So brilliant and meta all around. I know some writers here have a big problem with TWoP (hello Joel) but this was great.

BTW, "this blogger" is Glark, aka David Cole, one of the founders of TWoP.

January 23 2007 at 10:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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