Outsourced (TV series)
|Developed by||Robert Borden|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||22 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Ken Kwapis
Victor Nelli Jr.
|Running time||21 minutes|
|Production company(s)||In Cahoots Pictures
Universal Media Studios
Open 4 Business Productions
|Distributor||NBCUniversal Television Distribution|
|Original run||September 23, 2010– May 12, 2011|
Outsourced is an American television sitcom set in an Indian workplace. It is based on the John Jeffcoat film of the same name and adapted by Robert Borden of George Lopez (In Cahoots Productions) and Universal Media Studios for NBC. The series originally ran from September 23, 2010 to May 12, 2011. The show was officially picked up by NBC on May 7, 2010 and on October 18, 2010, the show received a full season order. Outsourced was filmed at Radford Studios in Studio City, Los Angeles, California.
When the renewal of the show was not announced with renewal of other NBC shows, the cast and crew started a campaign for fans of the show to request its renewal. On May 13, 2011, NBC announced that Outsourced was cancelled.
Outsourced is set in a call center in Bombay, India, where an American novelties company has recently outsourced its order processing. A lone American manages the call center and must explain American popular culture to his employees as he tries to understand Indian culture.
Cast and characters
The show focuses on Todd Dempsy and a number of his employees working for the Mid America Novelties call center, along with other call center managers in the same building.
- Ben Rappaport as Todd Dempsy
- Rizwan Manji as Rajiv Gidwani
- Sacha Dhawan as Manmeet
- Rebecca Hazlewood as Asha
- Parvesh Cheena as Gupta
- Anisha Nagarajan as Madhuri
- Diedrich Bader as Charlie Davies
- Pippa Black as Tonya
The show received mixed reviews, reaching a 46 out of 100 on review aggregator Metacritic. Joel Keller of TV Squad in a review of the pilot episode stated, "As long as the show can examine the cultural divide, show how all offices are the same no matter where they are, and stay away from the easy jokes, NBC could have another Thursday comedy hit." Alessandra Stanley of The New York Times stated "The fact that it's neither embarrassing nor deeply offensive—once it gets rolling, the show is actually quite charming—is a credit to the cast and the writers." Critics such as blogger Mikey O'Connell have accused Outsourced of being racist. Matt Rouse of TV Guide wrote, "The culture clash premise drowns in a sewer of caricatures and lame jokes".
|Season premiere||Season finale||TV season|
|1||22||Thursday 9:30 pm (2010)
Thursday 10:30 pm (2011)
|September 23, 2010||May 12, 2011||2010–2011||#108||5.2|
Awards and nominations
|2011||People's Choice Awards||Favorite New TV Comedy||Nominated|
|2011||NAMIC Vision Awards||Best Performance - Comedy for Anisha Nagarajan||Nominated|
|2011||NAMIC Vision Awards||Comedy||Nominated|
- In Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka, Outsourced is being broadcast on Comedy Central.
- In Australia, Outsourced is being broadcast on Seven Network.
- In Fiji, Outsourced is being broadcast on FBC TV
- In Brazil, Outsourced is being broadcast on Rede Record, premiered on November 5, 2011, with the title Aprontando na Índia.
- In New Zealand, Outsourced is being broadcast on FOUR.
- In the Philippines, Outsourced is being broadcast on 2nd Avenue.
- In Norway, Outsourced is being broadcast on MAX.
- In South Africa, Outsourced is being broadcast on SABC 3.
- In Mexico, Outsourced is being broadcast on Warner Channel.
- In Sweden, Outsourced is being broadcast on TV3 and TV6.
- In Denmark, Outsourced is being broadcast on TV3+.
- In Poland, Outsourced (Dostawa na telefon) is being broadcast on Comedy Central Poland.
- In the Middle East, Outsourced is being broadcast on OSN COMEDY.
- In Latin America, Outsourced is being broadcast on Warner Channel
- In Malaysia, Outsourced is being broadcast on RTM's channel tv2.
- In Italy, Outsourced is being broadcast on Mediaset Premium channel Joi.
- In the Czech Republic, Outsourced is being broadcast on Prima Cool with title Haló, tady Indie.
- In Iceland, Outsourced is being broadcast on skjar einn.
- In Singapore, Outsourced is being broadcast on MediaCorp Channel 5.
- In Hungary, Outsourced is being broadcast on Comedy Central.
- In Greece, Outsourced is being broadcast on Star Channel.
- Mumbai Calling, a 2007 British sitcom with a similar premise.
- Outsourced (film), a 2006 movie from which the TV show takes its basis.
- Gorman, Bill (July 15, 2010). "NBC Announces Series Premiere Dates For Fall 2010 Schedule". TV By the Numbers. Retrieved 2010-07-15.
- Seidman, Robert (May 7, 2010). "NBC Picks-Up Three Scripted Series: 'Love Bites,' 'Outsourced' and 'The Event'". TV By the Numbers. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
- Seidman, Robert (18 October 2010). "NBC Orders Full Seasons of ‘The Event,’ ‘Outsourced’ and ‘Law & Order: Los Angeles’". TV By the Numbers. Retrieved 19 October 2010.
- "'Outsourced' Brings Jobs to Studio City". Studio City Patch.
- "NBC TV fans, artists launch ‘save outsourced' campaign". The Times Of India. 2011-05-09.
- Rice, Lynette (May 13, 2011). "NBC cancels 'The Event' and 'Law & Order: L.A.'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 13, 2011.
- "Outsourced – Season 1 Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2011-03-25.
- Keller, Joel (July 6, 2010). "Pilot Watch: 'Outsourced'". TV Squad. Retrieved 2010-07-11.
- Stanley, Alessandra (22 September 2010). "At Call Center, Cultural Clash in Reverse". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 March 2011.
- Buncombe, Andrew (29 September 2010). "US Sitcom about Indian outsourcing is racist". The Independent (London).
- TV Guide September 13-19, 2010 pg. 50.
- Seidman, Robert (2011-03-08). "NBC Announces Season Finales for Spring 2011 + ’30 Rock’ 100th Episode on April 21". TV By the Numbers. Retrieved 2011-03-25.
- "Global Fall Preview". Globaltv.com. Retrieved 2011-03-25.
- "Outsourced". FOUR. Auckland, New Zealand: FOUR. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
- "New Comedy series on TV3 Sweden". tv3.se. Retrieved 2011-04-01.
- "Outsourced on TV6 Sweden". tv6.se. Retrieved 2011-09-27.
- "Nowe seriale w Comedy Central". media2.pl. Retrieved 2011-04-14.