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01 July 2010 @ 08:54 pm
I...sort of can't believe this is a real upcoming show? It just seems like it's poised to go horribly, horribly wrong in so many ways.


"Outsourced" is a comedy where the Midwest meets the exotic East in a hilarious culture clash. The series centers on the all-American company Mid America Novelties that sells whoopee cushions, foam fingers and wallets made of bacon -- and whose call center has suddenly been outsourced to India. Todd Dempsy (Ben Rappaport, off-Broadway's "The Gingerbread House") is the new company's manager who learns that he's being transferred to India to run the operation.

Overwhelmed, Todd discovers that his new staff needs a crash course in all things American if they are to understand the U.S. product line and ramp up sales from halfway around the world. But as strange as America seems to his eclectic sales team, Todd soon realizes that figuring out India will be more than a full-time job.

--from http://www.nbc.com/news/2010/05/07/nbc-picks-up-three-new-series-for-2010-11-season-with-the-event-outsourced-and-love-bites/

But, aw, Sacha Dhawan is cute.
Ten O'Clock Medievalist: OMG WTF SPQR!tarimanveri on July 2nd, 2010 01:04 am (UTC)
Um, interesting. Probably not in the good way. If it were really well done I could see it being a force for dealing with the realities of both modern America and modern India, but it looks like there's an awful lot of room here for orientalist and racist fail. Eep.
tempestsarekind: wtf?tempestsarekind on July 2nd, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's pretty much my feeling. I don't want to write it off sight unseen, but the premise alone is full of so many gaping holes of possible fail that I can't imagine they could miss all of them.
La Reine Noire: Austen - Venting Spleenlareinenoire on July 2nd, 2010 01:48 am (UTC)
I will probably watch it because there are never Indian people on television. Or, at least, comparatively few of them. But I'm setting myself up for epic racist fail.
tempestsarekind: history boys french classtempestsarekind on July 2nd, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
I'll probably wind up watching one episode for Sacha, in the same way that I've watched totally random stuff on TV for Samuel Barnett and Jamie Parker, but I expect to do a lot of cringing.
cschellscschells on July 2nd, 2010 04:42 am (UTC)
I remember that the movie was cute, for what it's worth... I mean, I guess they were pretty heavy-handed with the cultural stereotypes, but I still enjoyed it. Visually very pretty.
tempestsarekind: gilmore couch potatoestempestsarekind on July 2nd, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
I didn't know there was a movie! Goes to show how on top of these things I am!
cschellscschells on July 3rd, 2010 04:54 am (UTC)
I don't think I'd heard of it, either, until it came up as a Netflix recommendation... I guess it's a couple of years old.
tempestsarekind: books and flowerstempestsarekind on July 3rd, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
Huh. My Netflix recommendations are frequently bemusing. For example, it's currently recommending Monty Python's Flying Circus because I liked Spirited Away. Now, I like Monty Python, but I fail to see the connection!
cschellscschells on July 4th, 2010 05:06 am (UTC)
It must be the whole "flying" theme...
tempestsarekind: danielle laugh [ever after]tempestsarekind on July 5th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
Hee! That must be it. :)
viomisehuntviomisehunt on July 2nd, 2010 04:50 am (UTC)
It depends. It could be really good. It can go horribly wrong if it reflects the worst of what both cultures think of each other; especially if certain humor doesn't cross over. It can go horribly wrong if it is condescending in any way to either culture. On the other hand if the producers have a team of multi-cultural writers and directors it can be something very new and fun.
tempestsarekind: bored history boystempestsarekind on July 2nd, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
You are much more optimistic than I am. :) It may be possible to create a good show with this premise, but the commercials haven't left me a ton of room to hope.