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More NBC Cancellations: 'Outsourced,' 'Perfect Couples,' 'Chase' & More

by Maggie Furlong, posted May 13th 2011 4:45PM
Outsourced is cancelledThe networks are cleaning house in preparation for next week's Upfronts presentations of new shows, cancelling existing shows faster than anyone can keep up.

The latest shows to get shut down? NBC has axed freshman Thursday night comedies 'Outsourced' and 'Perfect Couples,' as well as drama 'Chase' and reality series 'School Pride' and 'America's Next Great Restaurant.'

While rapid-fire press releases and rumor confirmations have been the norm for getting the news out the past few days, 'Outsourced' star Rizwan Manji actually took to Twitter before news of their cancellation broke:

@Riz_Manji: "Before it hits the trades-Outsourced isnt coming back.Sad to see it go-hopeful that this opportunity was a step towards others! Thanx all!"

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Spoilers Anonymous: 'Bones,' 'Psych,' 'The Big Bang Theory,' and More!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Apr 4th 2011 2:30PM
Spoilers Anonymous logo This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: 'Bones,' 'Brothers & Sisters,' 'Chuck,' 'Glee,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Haven,' 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent,' 'Outsourced,' 'Private Practice,' 'Psych,' 'Smallville,' 'Supernatural,' 'The Big Bang Theory,' and 'The Good Wife.'

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'Wonder Woman' Finds Its Steve Trevor, 'Justified' Nears Season 3 Deal and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 25th 2011 11:45AM
Justin Bruening, Wonder Woman'Wonder Woman' has found its Steve Trevor.

Justin Bruening, the star of NBC's 'Knight Rider' reboot, has signed to play the former main squeeze of Adrianne Palicki's Wonder Woman.

According to TVLine, Bruening's Steve Trevor works for the Justice department and had a past relationship with Wonder Woman.

Lyle Waggoner played the part in the 1970s TV series starring Lynda Carter.

In other TV news ...

'ER' veteran Scott Grimes will guest star on 'NCIS.' Grimes will play DiNozzo's former partner, Detective Danny Price. [Entertainment Weekly]

'Justified' is close to a season 3 deal at FX. Executives are reportedly happy with the performance of the drama and a deal could be closed by the network's upfront presentation on Tuesday. [Deadline]

'Outsourced' executive producer Robert Borden said he thinks the series' renewal chances are good. "I feel really good about where we are creatively with the show ... We're finishing strong," he said. "As far as what the network thinks, I know they're happy. But they've got to look at all their pilots. So I think it's something we'll be talking about in May." [LA Times]

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'Outsourced' Star Ben Rappaport Books New Pilot

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 24th 2011 1:30PM
Ben RappaportHey, 'Outsourced' fans, you're not going to like this bit of news: Series star Ben Rappaport has booked a new gig.

According to Deadline, Rappaport has been cast opposite Michelle Trachtenberg in an untitled workplace sitcom set at a venture capital firm. This indicates 'Outsourced' is even more on the cancellation bubble than we suspected.

Several TV Squadders have expressed disappointment with the fledgling series. Last spring, our own Joel Keller thought the pilot showed potential ... if only it stopped going for the cheap cultural jokes.

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The Call Center Rivalry Gets Heated During Holi on 'Outsourced' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 18th 2011 1:48AM
'Outsourced' - 'Todd's Holi War'Since the premiere episode, 'Outsourced' (Thu., 10:30PM ET on NBC) has spotlighted a rivalry between Todd and his novelty call center and the IT support call center upstairs. While Todd's group makes up the ragtag stars of the show, the IT gang are considered the high-class superstars of their industry.

Things got a lot more intense in this rivalry when a heatwave struck and Todd found his offices sweltering, while the suits in the call center upstairs were enjoying the cool air-conditioning. When he went up to propose they raise their thermostat upstairs so both teams could enjoy the cool air, he was rejected.

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NBC Comedy Lineup Logs Solid Debut

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 21st 2011 2:15PM
Parks and Recreation, NBC, comedyNBC aired its first Thursday night three-hour comedy block yesterday, but were viewers ready to laugh for that long?

Kinda, yeah. While nothing could slay the mighty beast that is 'American Idol' -- not even the ever-popular 'Big Bang Theory,' which was down a miniscule 5 percent -- NBC's newly rearranged schedule performed a-ok on its first night.

According to Entertainment Weekly, both 'Community' and 'The Office' scored season highs, and the third season premiere of 'Parks and Recreation' hit a series high. The debut of new sitcom 'Perfect Couples' scored 62 percent higher than its sneak peek last month.

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Indian Street Food Makes Todd Sick on 'Outsourced' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Dec 3rd 2010 8:30AM
Indian Food Sickens Todd on 'Outsourced'On 'Outsourced' (Thu., 9:30PM ET on NBC), Todd's American digestive system does not respond well to Indian street food. Still, he's trying to stay strong for the rare chance to view a U.S. pro football game.

But a fellow American says, "I got poop nicknames for pretty much every Indian food ... Oh man, you better go home. You're gonna be out of commission for a few days."

As Charlie carries Todd out of the office, he warns concerned employees to give him a wide berth.

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Thanksgiving With the Indians on 'Outsourced' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 19th 2010 9:31AM
Thanksgiving With the Indians on 'Outsourced'Thanksgiving is a part of American history and is one of our biggest holidays. But the residents of Mumbai, India are less familiar with the concept. On 'Outsourced' (Thu., 9:30PM ET on NBC), Todd Dempsey (Ben Rappaport) has to sell some Thanksgiving-themed novelties. So the manager tries to explain "Turkey Day" to his call center staff.

But telling South Asian Indians a story about "Pilgrims and Indians" inevitably causes offense. Todd gushes about how Indians helped Pilgrim settlers survive the winter in New England. Employee Asha (Rebecca Hazlewood) asks a really good question. "But if the Indians gave the Pilgrims shelter, what did Pilgrims give the Indians?" Todd stutters an idiotic reply: "Less land ... to worry about?"

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Searching For the Appeal of 'Outsourced'

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 12th 2010 4:30PM
Ben Rappaport and Rebecca Hazlewood in 'Oursourced' - 'Home for Diwalidays' on NBC
The folks at TVByTheNumbers.com do a bang-up job of compiling overnight and weekly ratings numbers and presenting them in an easy-to-read format. But sometimes visiting their site is just depressing.

Not because of anything they did, of course. It gets depressing when you go there and see overnight results like Thursday's. While the site pointed out that all of NBC's comedies were up from the previous week's levels, it still was disheartening to see that 'Outsourced' scored higher in all three categories listed -- 18-49 rating, 18-49 share, and Millions of Viewers Live + Same Day -- than both 'Community' and '30 Rock.'

In fact, 'Outsourced' is doing so well -- at least by NBC standards -- the Peacock picked it up for a full season last month.

All of this leads to the question of why people seem to be watching 'Outsourced,' which can be kindly classified as a show that's still trying to find its comedic legs, over its more established and creatively-solid schedule-mates. There are a few theories:

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'Outsourced': Rajiv Teaches Todd How to Bargain in India (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Nov 12th 2010 8:55AM
'Outsourced': Rajiv Teaches Todd How to Bargain in IndiaOn 'Outsourced' (Thu., 9:30PM ET on NBC), Todd hears Rajiv shouting in the market and witnesses firsthand how the locals bargain with merchants. Evidently, it involves exchanging several insults.

"If the silkworm who gave his life for this sari could see what you've done with it, he'd spin a tiny noose and hang himself!" says Rajiv. "Five thousand rupees is my final offer." The woman responds, "Make it six, and I will throw in some extra fabric for you to stuff your pants with -- you eunuch!"

No deal. After explaining how he is certainly not a eunuch, Rajiv walks away. Todd doesn't realize that that too is part of the negotiation strategy. The saleswoman calls after them, saying, "I will accept your price, even if it means my family will go without food." Rajiv grins, "I love the holidays."

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Spoilers Anonymous In-Depth: 'Community,' '30 Rock,' 'The Office' and 'Outsourced'

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Nov 9th 2010 2:00PM
Spoilers AnonymousThis is Spoilers Anonymous In-Depth, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we discuss and give our two cents about recently released spoilers and how they may affect the storylines, shows and fans.

This in-depth version of the column goes hand in hand with our weekly spoilers column, in which we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air.

This week, we discuss spoilers recently released for the upcoming episodes of NBC's Thursday comedy shows: 'Community,' '30 Rock,' 'The Office,' and 'Outsourced.'

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Todd Imagines Asha Teaching Him the Kama Sutra on 'Outsourced' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Nov 5th 2010 7:40AM
Todd Imagines Learning the Kama Sutra on 'Outsourced'On 'Outsourced' (Thu., 9:30PM ET on NBC), Todd fantasizes about what a relationship with Asha would be like. He approaches her with a bouquet of roses and says, "There's a reason you couldn't find a guy in that stack of papers. The one you're looking for is standing right in front of you."

They kiss, and she says, "I'm going to teach you the entire Kama Sutra." Starting now. When another woman appears with the book in hand, Asha explains, "If my legs start to cramp, I don't want to leave you hanging."

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Cultures Clash on 'Outsourced' When Todd Fails to Properly Explain Halloween (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 29th 2010 3:09AM
'Outsourced' - 'Bolloween'Todd's enthusiasm for the American holiday Halloween backfired horribly on 'Outsourced' (Thu. 9:30PM on NBC). Now that he's in India, he should have considered explaining the holiday to them at some point. You'd think it would have come up before this, considering the novelty company they work for surely has a Halloween-themed catalog.

He first tried scaring Rajiv with a mechanical tarantula on his desk, but rather than get spooked and laugh it off, his assistant manager proceeded to smash the thing with his keyboard until it was broken.

"I thought this was the holiday where you give out candy," he said after Toddy tried to explain to him about Halloween pranks and the fun in scaring people. If Rajiv didn't get it, Todd realized too late, the rest of his staff would be equally as lost.

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Todd's Touching Is Deemed Sexual Harassment on 'Outsourced' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Oct 22nd 2010 7:45AM
Todd Gets Touchy on 'Outsourced'In the company cafeteria on 'Outsourced' (Thu., 9:30PM ET on NBC), Todd shares some troubling news with Asha: He keeps getting reported to the sexual harassment hotline, but can't figure out why.

Pinky leans across him to grab some food, and he casually touches her shoulder. Asha clues him in: "You just touched Pinky." Todd says it's "nothing." Asha replies, "Maybe in America. Here, it's something ... You might want to stop doing that."

The manager is still confused, thinking surely he doesn't do that very often. Cue clip after clip of him patting the arms and shoulders of colleagues, a beggar, even a cow.

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NBC Picks Up 'Outsourced, 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' and 'The Event' for Full Seasons

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 18th 2010 6:00PM
The EventNBC has ordered full seasons for three of its freshman shows, 'The Event,' 'Law & Order: Los Angeles,' and 'Outsourced.'

According to The Ausiello Files, the network has not made a decision regarding two of its other new shows, 'Undercovers' and 'Chase.'

NBC has already canceled Jimmy Smits' legal drama 'Outlaw.' The series failed to capture an audience on Friday nights, and the remaining episodes of the series are being burned off on Saturday nights. The network's other new Friday offering, 'School Pride,' flopped in the ratings department.

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