NBC has pulled a promo for “Outsourced,” its widely panned and arguably racist fish-out-of-water sitcom, after it was revealed that blurbs in the ad weren’t from critics, but from PR flacks. Whoops.
Turns out, the quote attributed to the Hollywood Reporter– the one that calls Outsourced a “hilarious culture clash”– is from an NBC press release promoting the show. Furthermore, the quote attributed to Entertainment Weekly– the one that says Outsourced is a “natural companion to The Office“– comes from a not-entirely-positive review, which is also more than a little misleading. [Examiner]
To recap, a show that paints broad racial stereotypes — one that doesn’t get enough positive reviews to fill a 17-second promo — gets the plum position of following “The Office,” while genuinely funny shows like “Community” and “Parks and Recreation” have to face off against ratings juggernaut “The Big Bang Theory” or get relegated to a mid-season debut.
Hey, NBC: Jeff Zucker got fired. You guys can start making smart programming decisions any time now.