The Slumdog Millionaire Effect Hits TV

There’s a new trend in the sitcom world: Indian-themed comedies.

The Hollywood Reporter
reports that Nirvana (Fox), Outsourced (NBC), and an American version of the legendary British series The Kumars At No. 42 have all landed orders.

Some believe that the success of Slumdog Millionaire helped pave the way for these deals:

“I do think that ‘Slumdog’ had a lot to do with it,” a TV studio executive said of India’s rapid emergence on the U.S. pop culture scene. “It was boiling, hovering there, with the increasing popularity of Indian clothing, food and Bollywood movies, but with its mainstream acceptance and critical success, ‘Slumdog’ pushed it over the tipping point.”

Lest TV fans get too excited, there are some important things to keep in mind:

“[The] American audience is very American-centered and not interested in other cultures for their own sakes,” TV historian Tim Brooks said. “For a show such as these to succeed, it can’t be just about an (exotic) culture. Americans want things that they can relate to.”

Lets hope these shows fair better than All American Girll, the 1994 series about a Korean-American family that lasted just 19 episodes.


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