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Old 09-23-10, 05:38 AM
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Outsourced -- New Series -- "Pilot" -- 09/23/10

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Synopsis:

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American Todd Dempsy (Ben Rappaport) moves to India to head up a call center for a novelties company in the premiere of this comedy series. After meeting his eccentric employees, Todd realizes he has to teach them about American culture in order to help them sell the humorous products from the company's catalog.


This could either be a humongous disaster or a sleeper hit. It sucks that this is taking away Parks and Recreation's timeslot. I have to try this out of curiosity. Hope it doesn't rely too heavily on Indian stereotypes.
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Re: Outsourced -- New Series -- "Pilot" -- 09/23/10

Judging by the promos it's actually more about white American stereotypes
Old 09-23-10, 08:23 AM
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Re: Outsourced -- New Series -- "Pilot" -- 09/23/10

I actually found the movie to be funny, so Ill give this a chance tonight.
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Re: Outsourced -- New Series -- "Pilot" -- 09/23/10

Originally Posted by DJariya View Post
Hope it doesn't rely too heavily on Indian stereotypes.
Early reviews I've read said that it does.
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Re: Outsourced -- New Series -- "Pilot" -- 09/23/10

Originally Posted by Drav3n View Post
I actually found the movie to be funny, so Ill give this a chance tonight.
I too liked the movie. But I hope the first couple of episodes are just not re-treads of the jokes in the movie.
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Re: Outsourced -- New Series -- "Pilot" -- 09/23/10

Originally Posted by DJariya View Post
It sucks that this is taking away Parks and Recreation's timeslot.
What strikes me as odd is the way NBC changed its Thursday lineup. Last season it was Community, Parks And Recreation, The Office, 30 Rock and now it's Community, 30 Rock, The Office, Outsourced. I'm really going to miss Parks And Recreation until it's back on the air, but I wish they left 30 Rock where it was and put Outsourced in between Community and The Office. I can't stand 30 Rock and hate that I'll have to break up a viewing block; guess I'll check out Shit My Dad Says during that time.

I'll watch this, but I think it's going to be pretty bad.
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Re: Outsourced -- New Series -- "Pilot" -- 09/23/10

It makes sense though as The Office is their highest rated comedy program. 30 Rock is, imo, still the best of the pack though Community is quickly climbing the ranks. Hopefully this will be good, but it seems very much 1 joke played a thousand times.
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Re: Outsourced -- New Series -- "Pilot" -- 09/23/10

If we're going by last season, I'd rate them as:

Parks And Recreation > Community > The Office > _________ > 30 Rock

I've given the show a chance over and over again and just cannot stand it.
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Re: Outsourced -- New Series -- "Pilot" -- 09/23/10

Can't please everyone, it's niche, a little too quirky and draws a moderate/small audience for a reason. But then again, I've never been able to stand Two and a Half Men and thats still one of the most popular shows on TV.
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Re: Outsourced -- New Series -- "Pilot" -- 09/23/10

i honestly think this showed will be pulled after tonight. they have P&R all set to go correct?
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Re: Outsourced -- New Series -- "Pilot" -- 09/23/10

Originally Posted by scott1598 View Post
i honestly think this showed will be pulled after tonight. they have P&R all set to go correct?
I hope you're right. I want more Parks And Recreation now.
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Re: Outsourced -- New Series -- "Pilot" -- 09/23/10

The Office lead in seems like a natural fit to another show that is 'work' related.

I think a lot of people can relate to Indian call centers, but the proof will be in the pudding - The charachters have to be likable, the cast has to work well together and ultimately we will see once the ratings come out tomorrow morning if the they were able to hold on to the Office audience. If not P&R will be back.
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Re: Outsourced -- New Series -- "Pilot" -- 09/23/10

Originally Posted by CPA-ESQ. View Post
I too liked the movie. But I hope the first couple of episodes are just not re-treads of the jokes in the movie.
I wouldn't be surprised. But hopefully the movie fans will be forgiving of it considering things like The Office pilot being almost identical to the UK pilot. I think it's to be expected. Where it goes beyond that point is what is important.
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Re: Outsourced -- New Series -- "Pilot" -- 09/23/10

Parks & Rec was better than any of the other Thurs. night shows last year.
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Re: Outsourced -- New Series -- "Pilot" -- 09/23/10

Originally Posted by cdollaz View Post
Parks & Rec was better than any of the other Thurs. night shows last year.
Close 2nd to Community for me, but they were both lightyears beyond the rut that Office and 30 Rock fell into, that's for sure. I had to watch them in reverse order as to not make the later shows seem even less funny.
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Re: Outsourced -- New Series -- "Pilot" -- 09/23/10

I recall when NBC's The Office was on the cusp of airing and everyone here was already deeming it a failure. Then what happens? I'm predicting a similar outcome with this program.
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Re: Outsourced -- New Series -- "Pilot" -- 09/23/10

Originally Posted by HE Pennypacker View Post
I recall when NBC's The Office was on the cusp of airing and everyone here was already deeming it a failure. Then what happens? I'm predicting a similar outcome with this program.
The way I see it, this show can go one of two ways:

1.) The show relies solely on American and Indian stereotypes and other cheap sitcom cliches and is BAD.

or

2.) The show examines the workplace in a manner similar to The Office but without the documentary angle and simultaneously explores cultural differences and is GOOD.

I'm willing to bet in less than 20 minutes we see the former, not the latter, television show premiere.
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Re: Outsourced -- New Series -- "Pilot" -- 09/23/10

Originally Posted by kstublen View Post
The way I see it, this show can go one of two ways:

1.) The show relies solely on American and Indian stereotypes and other cheap sitcom cliches and is BAD.

or

2.) The show examines the workplace in a manner similar to The Office but without the documentary angle and simultaneously explores cultural differences and is GOOD.

I'm willing to bet in less than 20 minutes we see the former, not the latter, television show premiere.
The pilot will likely be a case of the former, but in the long run? No way they can sustain even half a season based only on stereotypes. I'm thinking it will be a case of the latter come a few eppies in, the question is, will people stick around that long.
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Re: Outsourced -- New Series -- "Pilot" -- 09/23/10

I'll skip it and wait for Parks and Rec.
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Re: Outsourced -- New Series -- "Pilot" -- 09/23/10

Good God, this is dreadful.
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Re: Outsourced -- New Series -- "Pilot" -- 09/23/10

Originally Posted by HE Pennypacker View Post
I recall when NBC's The Office was on the cusp of airing and everyone here was already deeming it a failure. Then what happens? I'm predicting a similar outcome with this program.
Originally Posted by HE Pennypacker View Post
The pilot will likely be a case of the former, but in the long run? No way they can sustain even half a season based only on stereotypes. I'm thinking it will be a case of the latter come a few eppies in, the question is, will people stick around that long.
Originally Posted by HE Pennypacker View Post
Good God, this is dreadful.
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Re: Outsourced -- New Series -- "Pilot" -- 09/23/10

Okay, so let's see...

We got jokes about cows, Indian food, bodily functions, Indian names, Sikhs, Muslims, Indians not dating, accents, mispronunciations, and the caste system.

And there's still 10 minutes left!

The only part I've found legitimately funny/clever so far was when the guy said "K as in Krishna, P as in Punjabi, and R as in Ramayana."
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Re: Outsourced -- New Series -- "Pilot" -- 09/23/10

The dude dancing to that Chickpeas song was quite amusing. Still, slim pickens as yet with the laughs.
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Re: Outsourced -- New Series -- "Pilot" -- 09/23/10

Hmm...I found the cast quite appealing, and I got some good laughs. I'll watch more episodes of this.
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Re: Outsourced -- New Series -- "Pilot" -- 09/23/10

Garbage show from onset to conclusion. I will give it two to three more eppies before I drop it for good. All the amusing portions were found in the previews and ads leading up to the full pilot.

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