RIP Life Unexpected, I guess.
Anyone who's a fan of the hysteri-effing-cal Australian comedy Kath & Kim -- for the uninitiated, it's sort of like the Aussie Absolutely Fabulous, only with tract housing and malapropisms galore -- probably has mixed feelings about the fact that NBC is attempting to pull an Office on it, ie import it and Americanize it for U.S. audiences. (Molly Shannon and Selma Blair star as the titular mother-daughter characters, respectively.) After watching the trailer [via Oh No They Didn't], I'm more than a little worried that some things just don't translate.
I am probably one of the very few (read: twelve) people who actually likes/watches the show Kath & Kim. For various reasons (it's a disgrace to the original Aussie version, the casting is all wrong), people just loooooooove to bitch about this colorful bit of camp. Well, I object. Sure it's nothing like the original, and it's a good thing, too, because Aussie humor doesn't always translate, and unless you're privy to the various slang terms and cultural touchstones of Down Under, you can easily get lost. But I maintain that the Americanized version kept the essence of the show -- complete with the end-of-show "wine time" segment and the near-constant exclamations by both Kath and Kim that something or other is "soooo unusual." I think Molly Shannon is perfectly loverly as the unflinchingly cheerful exercise fanatic Kath, and despite all the protests that Selma Blair isn't believable as her daughter, I quite enjoy her grouchy, junk-food addicted "trophy wife" Kim. Oh, and John Michael Higgins can basically do no wrong.