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The American version of hit Aussie TV comedy Kath + Kim has failed to impress Antipodean viewers - it has been dropped from schedules after just two episodes.
But Australia's Channel 7 has pulled the show from its primetime slot after the second episode viewing figures plummeted to 729,000 after a promising 1.23 million debut.
The network has put the show into "resting" - meaning it will be held until the Australian summer (Nov-Jan08), when Aussie TV returns to its non-ratings period.
And as a further blow, the original Kath + Kim will replace its American counterpart.
A spokesperson for Channel 7 says, "The figures didn't stand up for its second outing. For people who want to see more of the U.S. episodes they will return later this year." »
In August, BuddyTV gave you a Fall Review, giving you a sneak peek into the returning and new shows that will hit the airwaves this season. One of those shows is NBC’s Kath and Kim, which premieres on October 9 at 8:30pm. Unfortunately for most viewers, the TV critics are at it again, releasing their reviews and spoiling all the fun for us.
For those who wouldn’t want to be swayed, read no further because there may be bad news for those who are looking forward to NBC’s Kath and Kim, which stars Molly Shannon as Kath Day, Selma Blair as Kim Day, John Micheal Higgins as Phil Knight and Mikey Day as Craig Baker. Created by Gina Riley and Jane Turner, the original series of Kath and Kim hails from Australia, and was developed for American television by Reveille Productions and Universal Media Studios in cooperation with NBC. »
Toronto -- CanWest Broadcasting on Wednesday unveiled a wide-ranging broadband content pact with NBC Universal for new and returning series on its fall schedule.
As part of its latest deal with NBC Universal, negotiated at the Los Angeles Screenings, CanWest also will stream series including "90210" and "Knight Rider," and gain first-time access to blogs, games, behind-the-scenes footage and webisodes produced by the studio.
Previously, CanWest was able to stream "Heroes" and "Bionic Woman" on its Web sites. Now it has more shows to stream, and ancillary video and text content, the broadcaster said.
- By Etan Vlessing
High school students in a familiar zip code. A spy with a split personality. A woman with a year to find her soul mate. These are just some of the colorful characters dotting the landscape when the new TV season kicks off this fall. Back Stage takes a look at some of the most promising shows the networks will offer and talks with the people behind the scenes to find out what to expect in casting opportunities.90210The CWClass is back in session at West Beverly Hills High, but just as in real life, it's not the same as it was when you were last here. Sure, the place looks pretty much the same (it's being shot at the same Torrance High School location), but the faces are new. Well, not entirely. Nat (Joe E. Tata) is still discharging his duties as proprietor-avuncular figure at the Peach Pit, and hey, »
The 36-year-old recently wrapped filming for the U.S. adaptation of the hit Australian show, but admits she struggled to enjoy herself on set when she was forced to squeeze into her character's tight-fitting clothes.
She says, "(It was) unpleasant. I'd have lacerations on my body from my shorts being so tight. They'd yell 'Cut!' and people would come over with a bathrobe because I was so embarrassed about the flab rolling over. It was so ugly. That and my double chin."
And Blair was constantly trying to avoid seeing photos of herself in character in the press - because the brightly-coloured outfits were so cringe-worthy.
She adds: "The character's fashion sense is really horrific. I'm wearing a lot of bright clothes and I don't wear anything except black and white in real life. I'm wearing orange and blue together. It's horrible. And wedge flip-flops all the time, toe rings, and an anklet. I have long hair, too, so I have these horrifying extensions and these long nails. It's so embarrassing."
The star has now slimmed down again, but insists it was a hard task: "I've lost the weight but it's difficult to get it off as you get older." »
Actress Selma Blair has hit out at her fellow Americans - insisting U.S. citizens are too obsessed with celebrity lifestyle.
The star insists people in her native country spend too much time idolising those in the public eye, such as actress Lindsay Lohan and her family.
Speaking about the forthcoming American version of the Australian TV show Kath + Kim - in which she plays spoilt daughter Kim Craig - Blair says, "You don't think there are some deluded Americans? Hey, how about all of us!
"Everyone here is obsessed with tabloid celebrities and their lives and wanting to be like that, just like Kim.
"In America you have the people who watch the Lohans' reality show and want to be like Dina and Ali Lohan and live in a house with a throne in it. Everywhere! They're just everywhere!" »
It focuses on the dysfunctional relationship between a daughter and her mother.
And Blair had to fight hard to make TV executives believe she was the right candidate for the part - because no one wanted her to be involved in the project.
She explains, "We're trying to do it on our own terms. But it's a different show. This one has a little more heart than the Australian one.
"I really fought to do it. No one really wanted me, but it was great material. I really wanted to be on the show and stay put (in Hollywood) for a while. I think it will really work." »
The pickup comes shortly after the mother-daughter comedy starring Molly Shannon and Selma Blair shot the first episode of its six-episode order. The show is scheduled to go back into production next month on the remaining segments.
"Kath & Kim," based on the hit Australian series, focuses on the dysfunctional relationship between Kath (Shannon), a cheerful, fortysomething divorcee, and her self-absorbed daughter, Kim (Blair).
The Reveille/Universal Media Studios-produced project originally was picked up to pilot last fall. Following the casting of Shannon and Blair as the two leads, NBC in February opted to forgo the pilot stage and go straight to series with a six-episode order.
Two months later, Kath landed on NBC's fall schedule on Tuesday nights. In May, the network moved it to the post-The Office Thursday 9:30 p.m. slot. Kath, which co-stars Michael Higgins and Mikey Day, is slated to premiere Oct. »
The network also has opted to stick to a traditional rollout, launching the bulk of its fall lineup during premiere week, and to put on the new reality competition series America's Toughest Jobs earlier than planned.
There has been speculation that NBC might use its Aug. 8-24 Summer Olympics coverage as a springboard for an early fall rollout. Instead, the network will hold off, saving originals for the regular season and avoiding going head-to-head with Fox, which already has slotted several high-profile season premieres for the week of Aug. 25.
NBC will kick off premiere week Monday, Sept. 22, with a full night of Heroes, a clips show leading to a two-hour season premiere.
Also slated to launch during premiere week are Law & Order: SVU on Sept. 23, new drama Knight Rider and Lipstick Jungle on Sept. 24 and comedies My Name Is Earl and The Office -- which will return with one-hour premieres -- as well as ER on Sept. »
The project, from Reveille and Universal Media Studios, was originally picked up as a pilot last year but didn't get made because of difficulties casting the leads.
It was put on the fast track in June when Reveille's Ben Silverman and Teri Weinberg joined NBC as co-chairman and executive vp, respectively.
Instead of filming a pilot, NBC opted to go straight to series with a six-episode order shortly after securing the two leads. This is in line with NBC Universal chief Jeff Zucker's recent comments that NBC will produce only a handful of pilots each year and go straight to series whenever possible.
"This hilarious new series exemplifies how we are changing the pilot process by ordering shows that we believe in and green-lighting them straight to series," Silverman said. »
Blair is in negotiations to play Kim in the Reveille/Universal Media Studios project, which was put on the fast track in June when Reveille's Ben Silverman and Teri Weinberg joined NBC as co-chairman and executive vp, respectively.
Based on the hit Australian series "Kath & Kim," the NBC comedy focuses on the dysfunctional relationship between Kath (Shannon) and her daughter Kim (Blair).
Casting the title characters has been considered crucial to the success of the show. When the project was first picked up to pilot by NBC in January 2007, it was pushed to summer because of difficulties casting the leads.
Following her breakthrough roles on the WB Network comedy series Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane and in the feature Cruel Intentions, CAA-repped Blair went on to co-star in such movies as The Sweetest Thing and Legally Blonde.
11 items from 2008
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