While Kal Penn and Aziz Ansari have paved the way for South Asian funny guys, a full cast from the subcontinent are just now making their way to the small screen in NBC Thursday’s new sitcom, “Outsourced”.
A spin-off of the 2006 movie by the same name, the plot follows a jaded salesman, Todd (Ben Rappaport), to India to oversee a call center.
If the movie is indeed a taste-test, “Outsourced” promises to channel a stereotype into a subtle, lively storyline complete with romance and cultural commentary.
The cast is mostly comprised of vaguely recognizable BBC stars, sitcom hoppers and newcomers such as Rizwan Manji, Rebecca Hazlewood, Anisha Nagarajan and Sacha Dhawan.
Writer Robert Borden hails from “The Drew Cary Show”, and director Ken Kwapis tested out his diversity comedy with “The Office”.
“Outsourced” bumped out “Parks and Recreation” (starring Ansari) for the Thursday evening spot at 9:30, although that doc-style comedy is only on hold, not canceled. NBC is adding five new comedies and seven new dramas to their line-up, according to the NBC website.
You can see some clips from the show here.
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