Prospect Of US ‘Kath & Kim’ Is Giving Us Horrible Nightmares In Advance
Seriously, when will “they” stop making US versions of successful international comedies? First The Office had a funnyectomy in the hands of Steve Carell and co., now the long-whispered-about US version of Kath & Kim – shifted to feature a divorced mother and her grumpy adult daughter in an American suburban wasteland – is gearing up with the announcement that Molly Shannon will take a starring role.
“I can confirm that Molly Shannon has been cast in Kath & Kim,” an NBC spokesman told The Daily Telegraph.
Shannon, 43, will take on the role of suburban mother Kath, played on the local series by Jane Turner.
It seems we are now powerless to stop this horror from expanding – so, instead of fighting it, we’re embracing it.
In case any executive producers are browsing, we’re offering up a few ideas for other successful Australian comedies that could be translated to the US market, with a few suggestions for possible castmembers and the customary ‘hilarious-show-crosses-the-pond’ fiddling with of essential plot devices and genre.
Read on, cash-haemmoraging execs!
Hey Dad..! – Re-pitched as the touching, bittersweet comedy of errors as council surveyor Martin Kelly is forced to work from home and struggles to raise his family after his wife was killed in a terrorist bombing. Starring Steve Carell as Mr Kelly, Rose McGowan as Betty, Seth Green as Nudge and the fat kid from Bad Santa as Arthur McArthur.
Acropolis Now – Relocated from a Melbourne Greek cafÃ© and restaurant to a Lower West Side pizza bar, this hard-hitting drama focuses on the often tense relationships between New York’s multicultural blue collar workers. Starring Steve Carell as Rick, John Leguizamo as Memo, Jamie Foxx as Jim, Dyan Cannon as Liz, and featuring special guest star Nia Vardalos as Effie.
All Together Now – Bobby Rivers was a hit on one of the smaller stages at Woodstock with his freewheeling band Still Waters, until a wrongful imprisonment for rape derailed his promising country rock career. Now an alcoholic, he has to deal with the unexpected arrival of twins Anna and Thomas, children he fathered as a sperm donor. Tracy is the rough-around-the-edges death row counsellor who brings them… all together now. Starring Alexis Bledel as Anna, Adam Brody as Thomas, Virginia Madsen as Tracy, and Steve Carell as Bobby.