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NBC Outsourced this Ben Rappaport interview to the Mr. Media of Mumbai!

By BOB ANDELMAN
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“Outsourced” did not get the initial reaction that NBC desired for a new Thursday night sitcom, given the plum, post-“The Office” slot it received on the fall schedule.

Most years, every new NBC sitcom slipped into “Must See TV” Thursday gets a cold shoulder from the critics just because its not “30 Rock” or “The Office.” Just ask the cast of “Community,” which was widely derided and ignored when it started a year ago and now is one of TV’s most consistent silliness fests.

Ben Rappaport, “Outsourced”

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“Outsourced” was ostracized for a whole different reason; the concept, about an American sent to India to supervise his employer’s call center there, was declared racist and dead on arrival.

Funny thing, though. After an unfunny, uneven pilot, Outsourced found its voice and the audience — and I’ll include my family among the Johnny-Come-Latelies — started finding it.

If anything this show is “Community” relocated to India. The community college study lounge has been replaced by a call center. Ben Rappaport is Joel McHale and the better part of the ensemble cast of characters consists of Indian kooks instead of California kooks. And Dietrich Bader, who you’ll remember from nearly a decade as a sidekick on “The Drew Carey Show,” is a wonderful bonus.

In fact, “The Drew Carey Show” is probably a more reasonable comparison for “Outsourced” than “The Office.”

As for being racist? The only people who think that haven’t watched the show. It’s sweet, it’s funny, but it no more makes fun of Indians than “The Office” picks on Scranton, Pennsylvania natives. It’s a sitcom. Tune in, settle into the couch, and laugh a little.

And now, I’m pleased to welcome “Outsourced” star Ben Rappaport to Mr. Media.

Outsourced Website 

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Hear it now!BEN RAPPAPORT audio excerpt: “We’re not trying to make fun of anybody. We’re trying to get Americans to ‘come’ to India for a half-hour each week and realize that these call centers are just like our offices here in America.” 

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You can LISTEN to this interview with BEN RAPPAPORT, star of NBC’s OUTSOURCED, by clicking the audio player above!
 

Bob Andelman is the author or co-author of 10 books, including ‘The Profiler’ with Pat Brown, ‘Built From Scratch’ with the founders of The Home Depot, and ‘Will Eisner: A Spirited Life.’ • Follow Bob on Twitter or Facebook.

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