Goodbye, Kath & Kim, You Strange Little Show

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When Kath & Kim debuted, we were pretty sure the show was set in South Florida. There was talk of driving on I-95 and Gloria Estefan Boulevard, and a deal was in the works to include the Marlins in an episode, but by the end of the season, the characters were talking openly about living in Central Florida. We never knew exactly where it was, and we guess the creative forces behind the show never figured out where it was going. 

NBC yesterday unveiled the first stage of its fall lineup, and the end of the show seems 99 percent certain. The LA Times is reporting the show is gone for good, while others are just reporting it's likely. 

The show was based on an Australian smash hit of the same name, but it seems to have been lost in translation. It could have been a clever sendup of a certain type of shallow, suburban Florida lifestyle (one I know all too well), but things were just weird -- with story lines involving the characters accidently tripping during a bachelorette party, a script worked around a Wynnona Judd cameo, and roller derbies. The cast was good, though: Michael Higgins Clark, Molly Shannon, and Selma Blair, with the wonderful Maya Rudolph on a recurring role (even if that role did underline the awkward strangeness of the series). 

The show will effectively be replaced by Parks & Rec, which is weird in its own right, and frankly I don't really enjoy it half as much. The ratings for each show were about the same. Anyway, let's hope that Amy Poehler show will get better and justify it. In the meantime, we'd like to give our condolences to the Marlins for missing their chance at prime-time TV superstardom. Even if Kath & Kim had low ratings, there would be more people watching those ladies than during a regular Fish game. 

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