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Vanity Projects

EW looks at TV's latest vanity projects -- We grade the personalized sign-offs of ''My Name is Earl,'' ''Bone,'' and two others

TV producers, thy name is vanity. Most of them get personalized tags at the end of the credits, but do any of the new season's sign-offs compare to that classic, ''Sit, Ubu, sit. Good dog''?

1. HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (CBS) Care for some education with your comedy? The postal pooch is actually based on Laika, the first Soviet dog in space. Says producer Craig Thomas: ''Hey, it's a public service.'' A-

2. BONES (Fox) Hart Hanson sticks to his Pacific Northwest roots, honoring poet Theodore Roethke's work: ''It's evocative writing — the kind you don't get to do on television.'' B

3. REUNION (Fox) After toiling in sitcoms for years, Jon Harmon Feldman now mocks the genre each week: ''The joke was I'll be stuck forever on the worst but longest running show, 'Oh That Gus!' It seems like the name of a character David Leisure might play.'' B+

4. MY NAME IS EARL (NBC) Each week, a different pal of creator Greg Garcia is in the logo: ''People ask to be the picture and I'm thinking, There are 100 others going in before this yahoo.'' A-

Originally posted Nov 25, 2005 Published in issue #852 Dec 02, 2005 Order article reprints
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