Fall TV: Remade in the USA

With a half-dozen new imports this fall, American TV is a diversified global marketplace. Too bad some of them are Yugos

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Selma Blair and Molly Shannon in NBC's Kath and Kim

God bless the American TV industry! While the rest of corporate America is outsourcing, this fall television is aggressively insourcing, remaking several shows from other countries and populating them with red-blooded Americans.

This is, of course, not a brand-new programming strategy: All in the Family was adapted from a British show, reality hits from American Idol to Survivor have overseas DNA, and Ugly Betty and The Office are remakes of international hits, while CBS ran the made-in-Canada cop show Flashpoint this summer.

With a good half a dozen new imports this...

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