For those of you not familiar with
the accent, that’s moi with an exaggerated Australian o
in the back of the throat, sort of a “mioye.” And here’s a
bit of wackiness that doesn’t need translation. A couple of months
ago, the linster
that the Australian comedy Kath and Kim will be remade by NBC
for U.S. audiences, with Molly Shannon starring as Kath.
Well, now she has her Kim. Meet the mother-daughter
You’re not imagining things.
That is Selma Blair. She’s just landed
the role of
Kim. To put this in perspective, let’s take a look at the Australian
Even though I’ve been happily catching
up on the originals here, I’m sorry I’m going to miss the U.S.
debut. The weirdness of the pairing with Selma Blair is reason
enough to tune in, at least for a start. Originally, Joan Cusack
was set to play Kim. Picking Blair instead is taking, well, a slightly
different direction. I only hope she has the comedy chops to keep
up with Molly Shannon.
Like many of you who commented on the linster’s
post, I find it hard to wrap my brain around how this might translate to American
culture. Will the U.S. version attempt to capture the
self-deprecating silliness of the original? Or will NBC try to make it
fit the more typical sitcom format (especially since the main writer, Michelle Nader, is a King
of Queens alum)? What I do know is that Shannon is one of
my all-time favorite funny women, so I’m ecstatic she will have her
own show. And I can get behind any female-oriented show on network TV. If it works.
Here’s a clip from the Australian series.
Yeah, I can see Molly Shannon in that hat.