The next <i>Office</i>?

A year from now, Americans who know little or nothing about the characters Kath Day-Knight and Kim Craig, of the

A year from now, Americans who know little or nothing about the characters Kath Day-Knight and Kim Craig, of the cult Australian TV comedy Kath & Kim, will find them suddenly unavoidable. The producer behind the U.S. version of The Office recently revealed, somewhat inevitably, that he’s busy re-creating the smash hit for NBC’s fall 2007 lineup, with American actors subbing for the iconic Aussie leads.

Sign Up For Our Daily Newsletter

By clicking submit, you agree to our <a rel="noreferrer" href="http://observermedia.com/terms">terms of service</a> and acknowledge we may use your information to send you emails, product samples, and promotions on this website and other properties. You can opt out anytime.

See all of our newsletters

A faux reality show about down-market suburban Melbourne mom Kath and her self-absorbed, lay-about adult daughter, Kim, K&K is Absolutely Fabulous minus the fabulous. In advance of the U.S. premiere of a 90-minute made-for-TV Kath & Kim movie on December 24, the Sundance Channel is running episodes from Season 3 (of three so far) throughout the month, starting tonight.

In one episode, Kath attempts to dispense unwanted relationship advice as Kim pretends to be reading the mail: “Kimmy, Kimmy, Kimmy! Look at me please, look at me, look at meeeeeeee,” she brays, drawing out the last me with an over-the-top Australian twang. It’s a high-comic moment loaded with subtext: Attention-starved Kath has been reduced to petulance by her masterfully indifferent daughter.

This show nails the spastic push-pull of family members who are stuck spending a little too much time together — i.e., it’s a perfect show to watch during the holiday season.

“>WATCH a clip from Kath & Kim

“>CHECK showtimes and dates

This post is from Observer Short List—an email of three favorite things from people you want to know. Sign up to receive OSL here.

The next <i>Office</i>?