7:43 pm - 07/11/2008

US Kath & Kim promo video


To follow up the shit-storm that was a recent posting about the US version of Kath & Kim, here is a video of the promos that have been put out.

THIS is the first look at the new US version of Kath & Kim, starring Selma Blair and Molly Shannon.

The first two TV promos for the NBC show have been uploaded onto YouTube. "Australia's number one show comes to NBC," the voiceover on the ad says.

It shows Kim (Blair) arriving on Kath's (Shannon) doorstep with her suitcase, announcing she has divorced her husband and wants to move back home. The ad goes on to show Kim being disgusted by Kel (Best in Show star John Michael Higgins), who is wearing a short nightrobe, and drinking wine with her mum on banana lounges in the yard.

But take a good look now because the show might not be around for long. The series has already been panned in the US before it's even gone to air, with an influential media firm predicting it will flop in the States and be axed.

NBC is doing its best to see the show succeed, juggling its schedule around to give Kath & Kim a chance. The show will air as the final piece of NBC's Thursday night comedy block. It will follow established NBC sitcoms, My Name is Earl, 30 Rock and The Office, an American adaptation based on Ricky Gervais' British comedy that survived initial scepticism and lukewarm ratings to be one of NBC's success stories.

I was expecting to hate it, but the promo actually made me laugh a bit. Also, I guess we'll see if post this turns into another 'rest of the world vs. America' fight like last time...
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coaster_ninja 11th-Jul-2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
i'll probably only watch this because il selma.
babydiego 11th-Jul-2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
wow. that was embarrasing.
corroded_tears 11th-Jul-2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
that's molly shannon!?

bagelofdeath 11th-Jul-2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
I like Selma, but I can't stand Molly Shannon. I find her so annoying.
jammen 11th-Jul-2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
EVERYIHING turns into America vs everyone else...

I can hear it now "They are ripping of ANOTHER show? How about some originality?" Then tonight they will turn on their tv sets to watch their american tv shows.
kerplunkburnout 11th-Jul-2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
calliopesongs 11th-Jul-2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
lol check out two comments down.
jammen 11th-Jul-2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
BAM. Meanwhile they watch the shitty american tv every night.
maidofawesome 11th-Jul-2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
But... why do they keep having to remake things? Why not just show the original? It's totally not the same as people here in the UK (or wherever) watching US tv shows. It just irritates me, do US networks think that Americans are too dumb to understand shows set in another country? It's just very lazy.
jeebus_uc 11th-Jul-2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
ZOMG. Dude. You're arguing against your own point of view. If the rest of the world watch American TV, why can't America watch the rest of the world's TV?
edgirl_12 11th-Jul-2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
American TV networks are so crap...i hate the fact that they can't just play the bloody originals instead of making their own ones because y'know...it'll be so much better??!?!?!?!

Sorry, i'm having a bad day.
drop_and_roll 11th-Jul-2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
How is that being a hypocrite? It would only be hypocritical if they were watching remakes of American programmes.
watermeloncholy 11th-Jul-2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
lol okay.

jamieisfrench 11th-Jul-2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
ill probably watch a few times
azwildcat 11th-Jul-2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
Am I wrong in my assumption that The Office, in the US, is quite a bit different than the UK version? Just the basic concept is the same? Maybe that's why it's worked, that and the cast is great.

But this seems like it's just trying to duplicate the Australian version, and while I find that funny, I don't see how it's going to work. That, and the promos look horrible. But maybe it will surprise me.
shetheliving 11th-Jul-2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
no, you're right. some of the plot premises were the same, but at this point it's broken away pretty far from the original.
omg_palindrome 11th-Jul-2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the UK version was subtle in just about everything and the awesomeness was how the characters reacted knowing that the cameras were on them all the time imo.


I can see US Kath & Kim turning into some dull, bogstandard 30 minute sitcom like all the other ones just like it.
velvetunicorn 11th-Jul-2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
i loved that office special especially the part where dawn opens her present from tim and sees the picture she drew of him *squee!* my heart bursts with love just thinking about it.

i couldn't get into the us office. i tried to and i've got it every once in awhile because my roommates love it but i think i was freaked out that the pilot was the exact same.
calendae 11th-Jul-2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
Well, it is clips from the pilot. And if you'd watched the pilot of The Office us version, it was almost exactly the same as the british pilot and only expanded after the first episode. So I'll give it a few episodes.
pinkwands 11th-Jul-2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
the first series was practically a copy of the UK series but the humour just didn't work, it just ended up being cringe worthy but once they got into season two it really found it's feet IMHO. Once they started using american humour it is now one of my favourite shows :D but nothing can compete with the british version :D
omgcarleyy 11th-Jul-2008 03:14 pm (UTC)
who cares about originality? it looks cute
upisdown_x 11th-Jul-2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
*face palm*
I meant If they changed the name and characters slightly they probably would have all the OMGRIPOFF stuff
shanna 11th-Jul-2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
I think it looks cute. IDK, I just woke up. I might change my mind after I get caffine surging through my veins
frenchverbs 11th-Jul-2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
I love the British version, but I don't know if I'll be tuning into this version. I like Selma Blair, so maybe I'll give the first episode a chance.
80sjoint 11th-Jul-2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
the british version is the austrialian version...
rjaydjay 12th-Jul-2008 04:59 am (UTC)
Thank you I was just about to say that
sparklepixie 11th-Jul-2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
lmfao there is no British version, we know better
dramaqueen693 11th-Jul-2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
it's australian not british.
bits_and_tits 12th-Jul-2008 02:32 am (UTC)
daisypaisy 11th-Jul-2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
I've never seen the original, so I'll be able to check this out with no preconceptions. That's one perk of a show being re-vamped for American audiences, because you never see the original show for other countries.
phallus 11th-Jul-2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
Why can't we be original and come up with cool new shows?
frenchverbs 11th-Jul-2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
When we do come up with new shows, people rarely tune in. Like Miss/Guided was a really good show that was canceled after a few episodes because the ratings were not so good. The Game is also a really good show that very few people tune into.

I'm sure there are many, many others, but I can't think of them.
bitchwhoremuch 11th-Jul-2008 03:26 pm (UTC)

I loved Miss/Guided!!
baby_phat_honne 11th-Jul-2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
The Game ratings blame is on The CW with their schedule switch 24/7
bates_is_sex 11th-Jul-2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
I loved Miss/Guided. it was so adorable and funny.
summergirl719 11th-Jul-2008 03:29 pm (UTC)
I loved Miss/Guided! It started out slow, but the last few episodes were hilarious. Judy Greer is so under appreciated!
strapping 11th-Jul-2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
Miss Guided was actually really funny-the only primetime comedy I've ever tuned in to
summergirl719 11th-Jul-2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
Original ideas are rare. Almost everything has been done before.
The sad truth is that the majority of the shows that seem to get canceled are the ones that break with tradition.
Remember Wonderfalls?
breenah 11th-Jul-2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
Because there's too much reality tv clogging up tv
radname 11th-Jul-2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
lost, heroes (although it is pretty must..xmen) greys anatomy, csi etc. There are tons of shows out there that are american born and raised. But the trend lately is taking old ideas and trying to make them new again
watermeloncholy 11th-Jul-2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
There are a ton of good American shows that even the people who are bitching about American networks stealing their shows, watch.

Reality TV has ruined TV somewhat though.
trrill 11th-Jul-2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
Exactly. Or without the accents/culture of Trude and Prue's world. There just aren't any funny parallels in America.
velvetunicorn 11th-Jul-2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
it would have been better if they had southern accents or from the bronx or something but then they'd get in trouble for stereotyping
fire_bad 12th-Jul-2008 03:00 am (UTC)
You get points for use of the word bogan on ONTD and your Beirut icon! I think a lot of the Americans on here are thinking that we assumed they'd be using Aussie accents... *pacepalm*
rjaydjay 12th-Jul-2008 04:59 am (UTC)
I love this show so hard. I need it on dvd with a fucking region 3 dvd player.boo!
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