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Ben Rappaport and Anisha Nagarajan Talk Outsourced

Ben Rappaport and Anisha Nagarajan takes us behind-the-scenes of NBC's latest Must-See comedy

NBC's latest addition to its Must-See Thursday night comedy line-up is Outsourced, a new sitcom where the Midwest meets the exotic East in a hilarious culture clash. The series centers on the all-American company Mid America Novelties that sells whoopee cushions, foam fingers and wallets made of bacon -- and whose call center has suddenly been outsourced to India. Todd Dempsy (Ben Rappaport) is the new company's manager who learns that he's being transferred to India to run the operation.

To celebrate the series' Pilot premiere, which airs Thursday, September 23rd at 9:30 pm, we caught up with star Ben Rappaport , his co-star Anisha Nagarajan, and Executive Producer Robert Borden. Here is our conversation:

Ben I was wondering what made you want to be a part of this show?

Ben Rappaport: Well first of all I got cast in it,
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NBC Fall preview episode clips including 'Undercovers,' 'School Pride,' 'Outsourced' and more!

We have clips in from various fall preview episodes of NBC offerings including: "UnderCovers" starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Boris Kodjoe, Mekia Cox, Carter MacIntyre, Ben Schwartz, Gerald McRaney and Nancy Wetzel. The show is created by J.J. Abrams and Josh Reims. "Outsourced" with Diedrich Bader, Pippa Black, Parvesh Cheena, Sacha Dhawan, Jessica Gower and Rebecca Hazlewood. Helmed by Ken Kwapis of "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" and "He's Just Not That Into You." Reality series "School Pride" with Kym Whitley, Susie Castillo, Tom Stroup and Jacob Soboroff and the drama "Chase" with Kelli Giddish, Cole Hauser, Jesse Metcalfe, Amaury Nolasco and Rose Rollins.
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'Outsourced': NBC preps for post-Carell era with Indian 'Office'

You've probably already heard of "Outsourced," NBC's latest addition to its Thursday sitcom block, but not for the best reasons. It swiped the "30 Rock" timeslot and bumped "Parks and Recreation" to midseason. Clearly, the culprit warrants a closer look.

Disclaimer: These posts are not reviews -- shows often make tweaks to their pilot episodes between filming in the spring and their fall debuts. Full reviews will come closer to the premiere date.

What it is: Adapted from a 2006 romantic comedy motion picture of the same name, "Outsourced" follows Todd Dempsy (Ben Rappaport) from Kansas City to Mumbai when the entire staff at his novelty gift company is fired and their inexpensive replacements at an Indian call center need a Western manager. Cultural gaffes are scheduled to ensue 9:30 p.m. Et Thursdays.

Who's making it: Executive producer and pilot director Ken Kwapis has an enviable TV resume, having been on
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NBC Unveils 2010-11 Primetime Schedule Accented By Five New Comedies, Seven New Dramas and New Alternative Program

hollywoodnews.com: The New Fall Schedule Features All-Drama Lineups on Mondays and Wednesdays and All Comedies on Thursdays, Plus Unscripted Programming into Compatible Dramas on Tuesdays and Fridays New Comedies Include “Friends With Benefits,” “Outsourced,” “Perfect Couples, “Love Bites” and “The Paul Reiser Show.”

New Dramas Are “Undercovers,” “The Event,” “Chase,” “Law & Order: Los Angeles,” “Outlaw,” “The Cape” and “Harry’s Law”; And New Alternative Show “School Pride

NBC announced today its 2010-11 primetime schedule that is highlighted by five new comedies, seven new drama series and one new alternative program, including shows from such innovative hit-makers as J.J. Abrams, Jerry Bruckheimer and David E. Kelley, among others.

The high-quality series include new comedies such as “Outsourced,” Love Bites,” “Perfect Couples,” “Friends With Benefits” and “The Paul Reiser Show.” The new dramas are “The Cape,” “Harry’s Law,” “Outlaw,” “Undercovers,” “The Event,” “Chase” and “Law & Order: Los Angeles.”

The schedule
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NBC Renews ‘Chuck,’ Cancels ‘Heroes,’ Launches Eight New Shows

Chicago – NBC announced their fall schedule and fans of “Heroes,” “Law & Order,” “Trauma,” and “Mercy” will shed a tear while on-the-bubble shows like “Chuck,” “Parenthood,” and “Community” will return with “Parks and Recreation” coming back later in the season. Most notably, the peacock network filled the now-vacant five hours of programming after “The Jay Leno Show” debacle with eight new fall shows and five more scheduled for midseason.

NBC has called in the starpower to help save the sinking network, bringing in new programs by J.J. Abrams, Jerry Bruckheimer, and David E. Kelley with recognizable TV veterans like Blair Underwood, Jimmy Smits, Laura Innes, and more.

The network has scheduled their fall 2010 season with thematic evenings. Mondays and Wednesdays will feature drama, Thursdays will be all comedy, and the rest of the week will include reality leading into similar dramas.

Jeff Gaspin, Chariman, NBC Universal Television Entertainment said, “This new
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New Series Breakdown: NBC

The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the first announced today. Here's a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on NBC.

While the Peacock has struggled in recent years, those were like a cakewalk compared to this past season as the network became a very public punching bag over the debacle of its 10pm Jay Leno show experiment, the Leno/Conan media wars, and ultimately the general failure of its shows which all struggled in the ratings - most visibly its two new medical dramas and the once proud "Heroes".

By the end of the season the only real success stories to talk about were the network's well-regarded but not spectacularly-rated Thursday night comedy block (Community, 30 Rock, Office), and "Chuck" which only just got renewed last season and is proving to be one of the network's
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NBC Reveals Full 2010-2011 Primetime Schedule

NBC reveals their full 2010-2011 primetime schedule NBC announced today its 2010-11 primetime schedule that is highlighted by five new comedies, seven new drama series and one new alternative program, including shows from such innovative hit-makers as J.J. Abrams, Jerry Bruckheimer and David E. Kelley, among others.

The high-quality series include new comedies such as Outsourced, Love Bites, Perfect Couples, Friends with Benefits and The Paul Reiser Show. The new dramas are The Cape, Harry's Law, Outlaw, Undercovers, The Event, Chase and Law & Order: Los Angeles.

The schedule features all-drama lineups on Mondays and Wednesdays and five comedies on Thursdays. Tuesdays will continue to combine the similar appeal of The Biggest Loser with Parenthood, and Fridays will team Who Do You Think You Are? and the new series School Pride with Dateline NBC and the new legal drama Outlaw.

NBC will also broadcast a 35th anniversary Saturday Night Live special
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'Outsourced': Preview NBC's new Thursday night comedy

"Outsourced" is NBC's new addition to its Thursday comedy lineup, as it joins "Community," "30 Rock" and "The Office" in the fall.

The show stars Ben Rappaport (off-Broadway's "The Gingerbread House") as Todd Dempsey, an American novelties company manager who learns that he's being transferred to India to run his company's outsourced operations.

Rizwan Manji ("Privileged"), Sacha Dhawan (BBC's "Five Days II"), Rebecca Hazlewood (BBC's "Doctors"), Parvesh Cheena ("Help Me Help You"), and Anisha Nagarajan (Broadway's "Bombay Dreams") are the members of Dempsy's off-shore team; Diedrich Bader ("The Drew Carey Show") and Jessica Gower (Network Ten's "The Secret Life of Us") additionally star.

Check out these preview clips below and let us know what you think. Can "Outsourced" keep up with the hilarity of the other Thursday night comedies? "Outsourced" will air Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. Et, according to NBC's recently-released night-by-night schedule.

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NBC 2010-11 Comedy Trailers: Outsourced, Love Bites, Friends With Benefits, Perfect Couples, The Paul Reiser Show

With the release of NBC’s 2010-11 schedule comes a whole bunch of preview clips to promote the network’s new shows. On the comedy side, we have short clips from new fall shows Outsourced and Love Bites as well as midseason offerings Friends with Benefits, Perfect Couples, and The Paul Reiser Show. (For clips from NBC’s new dramas, click here.) Check out the clips for yourself, as well as full synopses for each show, after the jump.

Outsourced, Thursday’s at 9:30/8:30c

Outsourced” is a comedy where the Midwest meets the exotic East in a hilarious culture clash. The series centers on the all-American company Mid America Novelties that sells whoopee cushions, foam fingers and wallets made of bacon — and whose call center has suddenly been outsourced to India. Todd Dempsy (Ben Rappaport, off-Broadway’s “The Gingerbread House”) is the new company’s manager who learns
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NBC picks up “The Event,” “Outsourced,” and “Love Bites”

HollywoodNews.com: NBC has given series pickups for its 2010-11 season to the dramatic thriller “The Event,” the comedy “Outsourced” and the romantic anthology series “Love Bites.”

The announcement was made today by Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios.

“Each of these three series reflects a unique point of view and distinct style of quality that fits perfectly with NBC’s dedication to rebuilding the schedule,” said Bromstad. “These series showcase excellent writing and casting, and represent the kind of scripted programming our network and studio are committed to producing.”

The Event” is an emotional high-octane conspiracy thriller that follows Sean Walker (Jason Ritter, “The Class”), an Everyman who investigates the mysterious disappearance of his fiancée, Leila (Sarah Roemer, “Disturbia”), and unwittingly begins to expose the biggest cover-up in U.S. history. Sean’s quest will send ripples through the lives of an eclectic band of strangers,
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NBC Picks Up The Event, Outsourced, and Love Bites for Fall Season

There was talk that the early pickups wouldn’t end with Undercovers over at NBC and the network responded in a big way today. NBC ordered Outsourced, The Event, and Love Bites for the fall lineup.

Single-camera comedy Outsourced centers on “a customer service manager in Kansas city who’s sent to India to train his replacement when his department is outsourced.” The high-octane conspiracy thriller The Event explores multiple points of view with a cast includes star Jason Ritter (Parenthood) and Emmy-winner Željko Ivanek (Damages). Cindy Chupack (Sex and the City) developed the romantic anthology series Love Bites, which stars Becki Newton (Ugly Betty) and Jordana Spiro (My Boys) as single women among a sea of married friends.

Hit the jump for the official press release.

Universal City, Calif. – May 7, 2010 – NBC has given series pickups for its 2010-11 season to the dramatic thriller “The Event,” the comedy “Outsourced” and
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NBC Orders The Event, Outsourced and Love Bites to Series

NBC picks up The Event, Outsourced and Love Bites NBC has given series pickups for its 2010-11 season to the dramatic thriller The Event, the comedy Outsourced and the romantic anthology series Love Bites.

The announcement was made today by Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios.

"Each of these three series reflects a unique point of view and distinct style of quality that fits perfectly with NBC's dedication to rebuilding the schedule," said Bromstad. "These series showcase excellent writing and casting, and represent the kind of scripted programming our network and studio are committed to producing."

The Event is an emotional high-octane conspiracy thriller that follows Sean Walker (Jason Ritter, The Class), an Everyman who investigates the mysterious disappearance of his fianc&#233e, Leila (Sarah Roemer, Disturbia), and unwittingly begins to expose the biggest cover-up in U.S. history. Sean's quest will send ripples through the
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TV News: NBC Lines Up Three New Series For 2010-11 Season With The Event, Outsourced and Love Bites

NBC has given series pickups for its 2010-11 season to the dramatic thriller The Event, the comedy Outsourced and the romantic anthology series Love Bites. They all sound like show that will not make it passed a season but that is just me. The Event sounds kinda cool but the other ones do not appeal to me at all, which they will be the ones to stay while mine will cake out at half a season.

The announcement was made today by Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios.

“Each of these three series reflects a unique point of view and distinct style of quality that fits perfectly with NBC’s dedication to rebuilding the schedule,” said Bromstad. “These series showcase excellent writing and casting, and represent the kind of scripted programming our network and studio are committed to producing.”

The Event is an emotional high-octane conspiracy
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NBC picks up 'Love Bites,' 'The Event,' 'Outsourced'

NBC has picked up three more new series for next season -- a drama called "The Event" and a pair of comedies, "Outsourced" and "Love Bites."

The three shows join fellow newcomer "Undercovers" on the network's 2010-11 schedule and in taking some of the suspense out of NBC's May 17 presentation. A couple more new shows are likely to join the lineup as well as NBC continues remaking its prime-time slate following the Jay Leno experiment.

"Each of these three series reflects a unique point of view and distinct style of quality that fits perfectly with NBC's dedication to rebuilding the schedule," NBC Entertainment president Angela Bromstad says. "These series showcase excellent writing and casting and represent the kind of scripted programming our network and studio are committed to producing."

"The Event," created by Nick Wauters ("The 4400," "Medium"), stars Jason Ritter ("Parenthood," "The Class") as a guy whose fiancee (Sarah Roemer) disappears.
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It’s Wednesday, So … Pilot Casting News!

The Pacific” standout Jon Seda has been tapped to co-star opposite Roselyn Sanchez in ABC’s dramedy pilot “Cutthroat,” Lindsay Price has been cast as a lead in ABC’s comedy pilot “Who Gets the Parents?” and “Scrubs” star Eliza Coupe will co-star on ABC’s comedy pilot “Happy Endings.” Meanwhile, Jesse Bradford has joined NBC’s untitled John Eisendrath drama pilot for NBC, Jason Behr and Merle Dandridge have been added to ABC’s drama pilot “The Matadors,” Missi Pyle and Johnny Sneed have landed leads on ABC’s comedy pilot “How to Be a Better American” and Diedrich Bader and Jessica Gower have boarded NBC’s comedy pilot “Outsourced.” In other pilot news, CBS has pushed the untitled Redlich/Bellucci drama because of difficulties casting the lead. There is, of course, much more info about the actors and their projects, so if you want to read that, head
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