NBC Still Fighting for 'Kath & Kim'
NBC Still Fighting for 'Kath & Kim'
We recently reported that NBC’s remake of the Australian original Kath and Kim received poor reviews after being called “jaw-dropping awful” and having “no substance” whatsoever.  The Popwatch blog on Entertainment Weekly even criticized it the show, saying, “In translating the cult hit for a stateside audience, the creators of Kath & Kim have stripped the show of its essence and edge.  Overly slick, it lacks the grit and wit of the original.”

While most of you already labeled this show as a huge failure, NBC is fighting back by giving the show a full season order.

NBC’s Kath and Kim, which stars Molly Shannon and Selma Blair as the titular characters, has been picked up for a full season.  While some TV critics see this as a bad decision made by the network, it will prove to be a cash windfall for the Australian creators of the show, Gina Riley, Jane Turner and Rick McKenna who serve as executive producers on the U.S. rendition.

"Kath And Kim is a show we love and believe in," NBC executive vice-president Teri Weinberg said.  "We have incredible confidence in the creative auspices of this show and we believe it's a perfect fit with our Thursday night comedies."

This order follows a rise in ratings on Thursday, when the show pulled 5.5 million viewers and a 2.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic.  The show also maintained its My Name is Earl lead-in and has averaged 6 million viewers and a 2.6/6 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

Kath and Kim follows the eccentric mother and daughter tandem, played by Molly Shannon and Selma Blair.  Also starring in the series are John Michael Higgins, who plays Phil Knight and Mikey Day, who plays Craig Baker.

Kath and Kim airs every Thursday at 8:30pm on NBC.

-Valerie Anne del Castillo, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: ABC News, EW, Hollywood Reporter
(Photo courtesy of NBC)