An episode all for a line

My Name is Earl‘s second episode just aired in the States. About halfway through the episode, UK viewers, someone will say a line. It’s a great line. And you’ll realise the entire episode has been crafted simply to allow that line to be said. Amazing. I won’t spoil it for you now, but you will recognise it when you hear it.

It’s an interesting contrast, for once, with House, which took a sledgehammer out, smashed lines out of the way and put people through contortions, purely to get a character to say “cunning plan” for the benefit of Blackadder fans in the second episode of the season. Weird.


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    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.

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