‘Earl’ named favorite to be hit of new TV season

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It turns out everybody loves ... "Earl." AdAge.com asked readers last week which of four shows would be this season's hits, and NBC's "My Name is Earl," topped the poll with 429 votes. In second place was UPN's "Everybody Hates Chris," which garnered 349 votes. Coming in third was ABC's "Commander in Chief," with 168 votes, and placing fourth was Fox's "Kitchen Confidential," with 66.

"Jason Lee [Earl] is going to make a strong comeback with this show. It's `Raising Arizona,' made into a TV show. Nic Cage would be proud," wrote Seattle-based Paul Zawatski, an account executive with OnRequest Images. While Nic Wendell, a media coordinator at Insight Marketing Design, observed that the networks must be in need of a good sitcom if "Desperate Housewives," is classified as a comedy rather than a drama.

"Just quirky enough: blue-collar humor in the spirit of `Roseanne,"' wrote Richard Gilroy, director of Vanguard Communications in Washington. "What's not to love about a loser?" asked freelance writer David Hollis from Syracuse, New York. "Makes all of us feel better." NBC will be thrilled with the viral-marketing efforts from Sue Belmonte, an account executive with The Daily Transcript in San Diego, who wrote to say, "I just happened to turn the show on Tuesday night. It is refreshingly funny ... besides the fact I totally believe in karma! I have been telling everyone about `Earl.' Congratulations and much success." Meanwhile one reader, Mike Farrace from Sacramento, Calif., wished it had been an hour instead of a half hour.

Though "Commander" came in third it elicited much debate from AdAge.com readers on the subject of a female president. `"Commander' has the opportunity to mold, or at least impact, perceptions regarding the role of women in American society," wrote Barry Dvoracek, director-consumer marketing at Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Few voters were prepared to bet against UPN's "Everybody Hates Chris." "Chris Rock's association will appeal to a wide range of audiences, especially fans looking a `Wonder Years'-like show ... it will be a long lasting hit because of two words: Family Comedy," said Jessica Braun, a client executive at PR agency Burson-Marsteller.

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What you say:

42% of AdAge.com voters thought NBC’s "My Name is Earl" had the best chance of becoming a hit. Readers could choose between ABC’s "Commander in Chief," UPN’s "Everybody Hates Chris" and Fox’s "Kitchen Confidential." At the time of the poll, "Chris" and "Commander" had not yet aired.

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