Must-see NBC TV will be FSU-TV, when the hit comedy “My Name is Earl” airs an episode on Thursday, Feb. 9 that takes place at “Frostburg State University.”
“My Name is Earl” is the brainchild of FSU graduate Greg Garcia (Class of ’92) who also created the series “Yes, Dear” (which also features a character with ties to Frostburg.) “Earl” is centered around a reformed crook who is on a crusade to correct a list of wrongdoings from his past. The critically acclaimed show was recently renewed for another season and was honored with a People’s Choice Award for “Best New TV Comedy.”
In the ”FSU” episode called “The Professor,” Earl is nervous about returning a laptop computer he stole from a college professor, mostly because he’s uncomfortable around smart people. When the professor turns out to be a beautiful and brilliant woman, he feels even more ill at ease, until she flatters him and asks him to speak about his list in front of her class. Meanwhile, Earl's brother, Randy, experiences fraternity life and absolutely loves it.
University of Southern California was transformed into Frostburg State in late November for the episode’s filming and actors wore FSU sweatshirts and hats. While FSU officials are recognizing that some of the college antics in the show will be sensationalized for the small screen (and comedic value), the episode and entire series shows the great success of a real-life FSU graduate!
“My Name is Earl” airs at 9 p.m. Eastern time, Thursday nights on NBC.