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It’s winter break, you guys. You know what that means, don’t you?
A month of repeats, that’s what.
Yes, as much as winter break signifies rest and rejuvenation for the college student population of America, it’s all about boredom and monotony in the television world. Sure, a few cable reality shows are still going on and the occasional scripted show, but for the most part, we’re out of luck until the first week of the new year at the earliest. But don’t fret, TV fans, as there is plenty of good stuff to tide you over during the blizzards and endless holiday specials.
Here are five shows that you would do well in catching up on/completing during the holiday break:
Freaks & Geeks (NBC)
How many episodes: 18
- Shilo Adams
What says Thanksgiving more than Kanye West's "Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy"? 'Ye took to the NYC streets for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade to bless onlookers with a live performance featuring songs from his new album.
Seriously, though, we're thankful for Kanye this year -- he kept us entertained not only with his new album, but with his Twitter rants and raves. We're also thankful that 2010 brought us constant reminders of the crazy stuff Kanye has done in years past, thanks to Taylor Swift's song "Innocent" and former President George W. Bush's memoir promo tour. The gifts that just keep on giving.
West was one of many performers to rock out for the New Yorkers daring enough to brave the cold weather. The newly-engaged Jessica Simpson sang (yes, apparently she still does that on occasion) her newest single, "My Only Wish," which is actually not the same »
An upcoming episode of "Outsourced" features a Bollywood-inspired scene, but the show's hunky star, Ben Rappaport , tells TooFab that toe-tapping isn't quite his thing. And it's the second episode that's required some fancy footwork! "There will be Bollywood dance numbers," Rappaport, 24, says of the NBC show (Thursdays 8:30pm/7:30 Ct), in which he plays an American who manages a U.S. company's Indian call center. "But my dancing skills aren't so great. If you caught the Halloween episode, I demonstrated it a little bit. It's a very white-guy dance. You know, arms to the side." Aside from talking about his struggles on the dance floor, Rapport talked with TooFab about his summer plans, Indian culture and his burgeoning public profile: Have you ever visited India? "I've never been. I would like to go in the summer. When I started the show I knew absolutely nothing about it. But I'll »
- tooFab Staff
We routinely make jokes or take shots at the expense of the people who work in overseas customer service, but could you imagine playing one? I asked Rizwan Manji, who plays Rajiv on NBC’s Outsourced, about what it’s like to be the conniving assistant manager of the Mid American Novelties call center, and his previous roles on shows like Priveleged, 24 and FlashForward.
You play an interesting character: he thinks quite highly of himself, yet he’s still living with his parents. What’s it like to play that contrast?
Rajiv is a very interesting character. You can see he’s very ambitious and he’ll do whatever it takes. I think he’s actually kind of a loveable person at heart because he really, really wants to get married. It’s the best role that I’ve ever had. I don’t think I’ve ever had the »
- Brittany Frederick
What were NBC executives thinking? The unemployment rate remains near double digits, and many Americans have simply stopped looking for work. And what does the network premiere this fall but a sitcom called Outsourced about an American manager sent to run a call center in India. The jokes revolve around funny names, unappetizing food, Sikh turbans, arranged marriages. "It's hard to know what a normal smell is here and what isn't," says Todd Dempsy, the culturally insensitive manager played by Ben Rappaport, in last week's "Touched by an Anglo" episode. And there's indeed something fishy about a show that capitalizes on U.S. jobs going overseas during an economic downturn. On the other hand, Outsourced introduces American viewers to bhangra music and lots of Indian faces. It makes fun of the inanities of American culture (bachelorette parties, pimping cars, fake vomit). The »
- John Feffer
Halloween is almost here, and "Extra" has the scoop on how television's best shows are getting into costume to spook you!
Hey, boo -- check out what's on the tube! Boo!
Halloween 2010 on Tvfox's 'Glee' (Oct. 26)
Will (Matthew Morrison) stages "The Rocky »
"Outsourced" stays in-house for NBC, and for Spring, Texas newcomer Ben Rappaport, comedy veterans Matt Walsh, Diedrich Bader, and actors Rebecca Hazlewood, Rizwan Manji, Parvesh Cheena, Anisha Nagarajan and a great array supporting cast of characters, a full season order from NBC was just what the Doctor ordered for a comedy that caught a ton of shrapnel from cranky, overly harsh TV critics. NBC has given breathing room to three of its new Fall 2010-11 series: .The Event,. .Law & Order: Los Angeles. and .Outsourced.. Today Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios had this to say: .We are pleased with the quality of .The Event,. .Law & Order: Los Angeles. and .Outsourced,. and feel »
- April MacIntyre
Hot on the heels of the full season upgrade for Chuck, NBC announced today via press release that they have now ordered full seasons for three of their newest TV series. The hour-long drama The Event, the half-hour comedy Outsourced and the legal drama spin-off Law & Order: Los Angeles all had their stay on NBC extended for at least one full season. Network president Angela Bromstad said, ““We are pleased with the quality of The Event, Law & Order: Los Angeles and Outsourced, and feel they are an important part of helping to re-build our schedule and our studio pipeline. We believe in these new series and the creative auspices behind them.” Honestly, I feel almost the exact opposite way. The Event is a gimmick without substance and Outsourced is one of the worst comedy series I’ve ever seen . However, I’m rather indifferent on Law & Order: Los Angeles. You »
- Ethan Anderton
Jason Ritter's The Event gets a full-season order by NBC NBC has given full-season pickups to three of its new Fall 2010-11 series, The Event, Law & Order: Los Angeles and Outsourced. The announcement was made by Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios.
"We are pleased with the quality of The Event, Law & Order: Los Angeles and Outsourced, and feel they are an important part of helping to re-build our schedule and our studio pipeline," said Bromstad. "We believe in these new series and the creative auspices behind them."
Through October 11, The Event has averaged a 3.0 rating, 7 share in adults 18-49 and 9.1 million viewers overall in "most current" averages from Nielsen Media Research. The Event has generated a 30 percent improvement in the time period versus year-ago "most current" results for NBC in 18-49 rating (with a 3.0 rating vs. a 2.3) and a 47 percent increase in total viewers (9.1 million vs. »
Halloween will be upon us in a few short weeks and, like with Christmas, a lot of shows will be featuring holiday themed episodes towards the end of October.
NBC has Halloween episodes planned for five of its shows: Parenthood, Community, The Office, Outsourced and Chuck. But don’t just expect Halloween costumes. Three of these episodes will feature special guest stars, including:
In addition to these episodes, NBC will also be airing a DreamWorks animation special entitled Scared Shreckless on October 28 new Office webisodes will feature the “Making of Ryan’s Horror Film” starting on October 21.
Below are the episode summaries for each of the Halloween-themed episodes mentioned above (some of them may be spoilery, so you can stop reading now if you don’t want to go on):
Tuesday, October 19 (10-11 p.m. »
NBC has come a long way from “Must See TV” or “Comedy Night Done Right” on Thursday evenings. As The Office heads into its seventh season with more gimmicks than honest laughs, Community has by far become the strongest point at the top of the lineup. Tina Fey’s 30 Rock still maintains the laughs, though not consistently, and Parks and Rec is postponed to mid-season. Enter NBC’s latest show, Outsourced, falling at the end of the 2-hour Thursday night block. The premise features an American business manager, Todd Dempsey (Ben Rappaport), whose novelty business is downsized and outsourced while he’s away for training. His job is saved only because he’s being sent to India to run a call center full of misfits there. Many were afraid after the preview that all of the show’s humor would come at the expense of the Indian culture and be quite offensive. »
- Bill Jones
It's not often that a new show gets some people so angry before it even airs but NBC's new TV show, Outsourced, certainly rubs some people the wrong way. Did that hurt the ratings? Will it be quickly cancelled or become a long-term staple of NBC's Thursday night line-up?
Outsourced follows a Us sales manager, Todd Dempsey (Ben Rappaport), who's assigned to supervise his company's call center in India. The new sitcom also stars Anisha Nagarajan, Diedrich Bader, Parvesh Cheena, Pippa Black, Rebecca Hazelwood, Rizwan Manji, and Sacha Dhawan.
Some people have expressed resentment over the show's theme, especially considering this country's struggling economy and unemployment problem. Others maintain that the show's intent is to show how offices are the same, regardless of where they're located.
In its first week on the air, Outsourced attracted a 3.6 in the 18-49 »
I didn’t have high expectations going into Outsourced, I’ll admit, based on the universally tepid reaction of critics and the fact that a friend of mine who is brown like me, with parents who came from India like mine, said her cousin cried after watching the promo. Yes, cried! But I tried to clear all that from my mind as I sat down to watch the pilot episode last night.
And, score a point (or maybe half a point?) for Outsourced, no tears fell from my eyes as I watched the one-dimensional quirks play out: the Indian men »
- Mallika Rao
After the seamless 90 minutes of laughter, smiling and general contentment with the state of the TV universe you get NBC's block of "Community," "30 Rock" and "The Office," the comedown with "Outsourced" can feel quite jarring.
The network's only new submission to the comedy canon this fall, "Outsourced" follows a young professional named Todd (Ben Rappaport) to an Mumbai call center, when his company -- a manufacturer of American novelty gifts -- downsizes and moves its operation to India. Todd, already dealing with the culture shock of a move abroad, has to school a ragtag group of employees on the nuances of American pop culture while they try to sell whoopee cushion and fake vomit.
As you might expect, the results are pretty offensive, but not even for their obvious racial and cultural ignorance. It's the laziness with which every element of this show was assembled that makes "Outsourced" such an »
Chicago – It seems that NBC is getting some of their “Must See TV” mojo back, after adding the hilarious “Community” to the Thursday night comedy line-up last year and debuting the equally stellar “Outsourced’ this year, which premieres September 23rd at 8:30pm Cst.
Television Rating: 5.0/5.0
The timing on this show is auspicious, as America still copes with the outsourcing of jobs to far-flung places such as India. Here it is the familiar call center, where a joke items and novelties company from Kansas City has moved all of their order facilities. It is a fresh faced American manager named Todd (Ben Rappaport) that is called upon to get the new Indian office to produce, and there are nice levels of satire, humor and heart in a pilot chock full of laughs.
Todd is definitely a fish out of water as he assesses and sizes up his new charges. His »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Though NBC still has a thriving series in The Office (at least until Steve Carell leaves the show), the network, perhaps sensing an impending close to the breakout American adaptation of Ricky Gervais’ original BBC program, has decided to outsource the workplace comedy. NBC’s new series Outsourced takes Todd (Ben Rappaport) a recently trained Midwestern call center manager, and tosses him over to Mumbai, India. Why? Because their “right-sizing” their jobs to an outsourced call center for Mid America Novelties, a company who sells all the stupid novelty shit normally found at Wal-Mart (i.e. a singing deer head that sings Sweet Home Alabama). Unfortunately the level of hilarity in the new show is about as lowbrow and torturous as the same novelty items the fictional call center is attempting to sell.
In typical call center fashion, If you’d like to know more, click “Continue Reading” and our »
- Ethan Anderton
Remember all of the rambling I did in my summer TV show reviews about how there are right and wrong ways to introduce characters? I'll point you in the direction of NBC's "Outsourced" for how a poor character introduction can do irreparable damage to a show which probably would have been horrible either way. In our opening scene, we meet Todd Dempsy (Ben Rappaport), fresh out of the management training program at Mid America Novelties. He arrives in the company's Kansas City offices and finds them evacuated, all the employees laid off and the call centers moved to India. »
- Daniel Fienberg
The time is finally upon us for the 2010 fall TV season to kick off next week with the return of all your favorite series and the premiere of some brand new ones for you to sink your teeth into (or forget about completely). We’ve been posting reviews here and there for several of the new shows, but right now we’re just going to give you the line-up of most of the new series hitting the different networks complete with plot description and premiere time. You can find the line-up after the jump (organized chronologically by premiere date), but stay tuned for more pilot reviews as the fall season starts next week as well as episode recaps for several prominent series both new and old.
Sunday, September 19th
Boardwalk Empire (HBO) – 9pm Est/8pm Cst
The undisputed ruler of Atlantic City is the town’s Treasurer, Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, »
- Ethan Anderton
NBC's latest addition to its Must-See Thursday night comedy line-up is Outsourced, a new sitcom 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) is the new company's manager who learns that he's being transferred to India to run the operation.
To celebrate the series' Pilot premiere, which airs Thursday, September 23rd at 9:30 pm, we caught up with star Ben Rappaport , his co-star Anisha Nagarajan, and Executive Producer Robert Borden. Here is our conversation:
Ben I was wondering what made you want to be a part of this show?
Ben Rappaport: Well first of all I got cast in it, »
Rizwan Manji is way nicer than the guy you're about to see him play on Outsourced, the new comedy premiering tomorrow (Thursday, September 23) at 9:30pm on NBC. On screen, he'll star as Rajiv, the back-stabbing Indian branch manager who's in constant competition with Todd Dempsy (Ben Rappaport). But off screen, he's a doll. I spoke to Manji about his new gig and the many parts he's played on high-profile shows.
TV.com: What attracted you to the show?
Rizwan Manji: During pilot... More >> »
- Stefanie Lee
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