“Outsourced” gets picked up by NBC

Exciting news out of Hollywood for sitcom fans: a show set in India will be on network television this fall.

Outsourced, a sitcom about an American manager who has been transferred to India to run his company’s call center, has been picked up by NBC. The show is based on the 2006 movie of the same name. (The film garnered mostly positive reviews, earning a 78% fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes.)

Via Headline Planet, here’s NBC’s synopsis of the show:

“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. Rizwan Manji (“Privileged”), Sacha Dhawan (BBC’s “Five Days II”), Rebecca Hazlewood (BBC’s “Doctors”), Parvesh Cheena (“Help Me Help You”), and Anisha Nagarajan (Broadway’s “Bombay Dreams”) also star as members of Dempsy’s off-shore team; Diedrich Bader (“The Drew Carey Show”) and Jessica Gower (Network Ten’s “The Secret Life of Us”) additionally star.

While the show’s storyline is certainly timely, Deadline.com’s Nellie Andreeva wonders if America is ready for a show centered on outsourcing. She writes:

By tackling such a touchy subject, NBC is guaranteed free publicity because of the inevitable controversy over its new comedy series. And that may distinguish it in next fall’s cluttered landscape where more than 90% of new shows fail.

Do you think Outsourced will appeal to the same niche audience that gravitates towards NBC shows like The Office and Parks and Recreation? And has anyone seen the movie this show is based on?

Hat tip: Actor Parvesh Cheena’s Twitter feed (@Parvesh)


4 thoughts on ““Outsourced” gets picked up by NBC

  1. Atharvana says:

    If this, although significantly different, came on the heels of the hit movie Slumdog M, it would have had a good chance of success. I have seen this movie and have read few books based on such themes. Frankly I am sick and tired of this cross-culture based media and entertainment focus. But, after all I am an Asian Indian.

  2. I’m sick of the western girls romancing eastern guys crap being promoted. My hubby suggested the movie to me n I was a bit unsure till I researched it. After that I saw it….about a million times. It was funny yet managed to be pretty respectful to both cultures n had a guy fall for a desi girl for a change. If they can follow the same formula as in the movie it will rock. I will enjoy it far better than crap like notes from the underbelly. Besides it would be great to see it reach back home and start bollywood making more movies with western guys going for eastern girls rather than western sluts forcing themselves on eastern guys. I’m so sick of that influx. Pathetic western whores pretending to be or like India so they can get in our mens pants. Yuck.

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