Bad Ideas in Television

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There’s been some shitty shows over the years. I’m not just talking the poorly written, disastrously casted type. I’m referring to the shows that get greenlit and you ask yourself “who the fuck thought this was a good idea?”
Examples: Cop Rock, Cavemen (based on the Geico commercials), any show on E! (except The Soup) and VH1.

Here’s the newest piece of crap for the list:
Who thought it was a good idea to greenlight this show?
I hate it and it hasn’t even aired.

In case you haven’t seen a commercial or ad for it here’s the premise:

Outsourced is set in a Mumbai, India call center, 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 comes to understand Indian culture.
(Cut and pasted from Wiki because I’m lazy)
Am I the only one who sees the bad timing in this?
This may have been a good idea a couple of years ago when the Foamy The Squirrel Tech Support video was popular but how about now? (brown cow)

I can hear the pitch:
“Okay, okay, how’s this sound? 10% of our viewing audience is unemployed, what they really need is a good laugh. The Office is a big hit for us here at NBC, let’s reset it in India, where so many American companies have outsourced American jobs and given pink slips to everyone. Ehhh? Ehhh? You follow me? It will be a big hit?”

Bad timing. Too soon. Fuck heads. This is the equivalent of airing Hogan’s Heroes in 1942.

I wonder how many other people are going to see the existence of this show as a slap in the face to everyone who has had their job eliminated. I’m not just talking about the call center shit jobs but the laundry list of positions that no longer exist because it’s cheaper to send the work over to a struggling country. Wait. They’re not struggling anymore? They’re growing? Shit.
Now this is not any kind of knock to the fine people of India. They need the work. I saw Slumdog.
I’m sure the show will be a big hit and it will help bridge the cultural gap with our two countries. That’s all well and good but let’s not forget: THEY ARE A DIFFERENT COUNTRY. What’s next? A sitcom about those happy-go-lucky Chinese who are going to try to economically take over the world?
Wait. That’s our job!
Not anymore. It’s been outsourced…


  3 comments for “Bad Ideas in Television

  1. The Chief
    September 24, 2010 at 6:51 am

    Bad timing? Maybe, they should be billing this as a reality show.

    What people should be taking from this is that these jobs are leaving because it financially benefits these companies and that is because we have allowed our government to create tax disincentives to staying here.

    And, like your picture says, we're lazy. Companies can't be entirely held responsible. The American workforce needs to wake the fuck up. I'd have thought double digit unemployment would have done the trick, but I can't say I've seen much change.

  2. Angrybrady
    October 7, 2010 at 4:51 am

    T.V. IS a bad idea… Sorry for stating the obvious.

  3. Anonymous
    October 8, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Don't forget BLEEP my Dad says! I was so disappointed. I know Shatner is a flake but I thought that show would be good. Wroooooooong!!! – Ben

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