Selma Blair by Jim Spellman/WireImage.com, Molly Shannon by Eric Charbonneau/ WireImage.com
NBC has ordered six episodes of
Kath & Kim
, its U.S. version of the hit Aussie sitcom about a fortysomething divorcée (played stateside by Molly Shannon) and her self-absorbed daughter (pout queen Selma Blair). What's significant here is that a pilot for
hasn't even been shot; instead, NBC Entertainment/Universal Media Studios cochair Ben Silverman made the call based on the original series' success. Citing NBC's new plan to produce far fewer pilots, Silverman tells
sitch "exemplifies how we are changing the process by ordering shows that we believe in and greenlighting them straight to series. We are confident that this proven international hit will effortlessly translate to American audiences."
Worst case, he says, "Watch
." (The preceding joke was stolen from Ausiello.)