When Rajiv (Rizwan Manji) takes Vimi as his bride in Outsourced's May 12 finale, his coworkers gather on the beach dressed in traditional formal attire for an Indian wedding extravaganza.
"Rajiv needs one more best man in his crew, so he enlists me...
Slap-bet enthusiast Barney Stinson would be so excited! Todd (Ben Rappaport), however, is anything but when he's forced to investigate a claim by Gupta (Parvesh Cheena) that Rajiv (Rizwan Manji) let him have one — pow! — right in the kisser on tonight's episode of Outsourced (10:30/9:30c, NBC).
And so begins a series of...
NBC's new series Outsourced makes a lot of jokes about both American and Indian culture, but series star Ben Rappaport says that it's never in a mean-spirited way.
"We're just trying to tell a story about relatable characters in an office," he says. "[And] put a face to that voice on the other end of the phone."
TV Guide Magazine partnered with the Paley Center for Media for its sixth annual PaleyFest Fall Preview Party series, kicking off Sept. 9 with the gang from NBC's new workplace comedy Outsourced (premiering Sept. 23). The cast, headed by newcomer Ben Rappaport as Todd, a Kansas City man whose company transfers him to India, came from taping their Halloween episode. "Todd throws a party and I come as Hugh Hefner, with the velvet jacket, slippers and pipe," reported Rappaport, while Drew Carey Show vet Diedrich Bader, who plays another American import, told us that, earlier in the day, he "leapt out of a closet dressed as Frankenstein and got the [expletive] kicked out of me." With the characters working at a call center selling novelty items, some will utilize props to transform themselves into such clever disguises as a 'chick magnet' and a 'spice rack.'
Outsourced hopes to walk a fine line between hilarious and offensive, but can a series about an American expat working in an Indian call center really avoid cultural stereotypes?
"I think where we approach this is certainly not a mean-spirited place," executive producer Robert Broden said. "We're not going to be wallowing in that kind of stuff that you're insinuating, but we are going to have a lot of fun with characters who behave like relatable characters in a workplace comedy."
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In the series, Todd (Ben Rappaport) is forced to move halfway across the world to...