Is there any character at this point that spans TV and film in the unusual way that Jim Varney‘s character Ernest P. Worrell did in the ’80s and ’90s? The seemingly bygone career of Larry the Cable Guy comes close, but Ernest has him beat. Ernest P. Worrell, played by Varney, began life as an ad pitchman thanks to the agency Carden and Cherry, then moved into his own TV show, and headlined a nine-film series. (OK, only five of those were theatrical releases. Still.)

Now John Cherry, the character’s creator and the man who directed most of the theatrical Ernest appearances, wants to exploit bring the Worrell name back to screens in Son of Ernest. Read More »