Kath & Kim picked up for full season

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This is a bit of a shocker, but let's just blame it on the struggling economy. NBC has given a full-season order to Kath & Kim, ordering the back nine episodes of the comedy for a 22-episode debut season. It can be argued that this really isn't a surprise, given the state of NBC today, which is desperate to hang on to anything that can be marginally considered a success (see Knight Rider).

And marginally considering Kath & Kim a success is a stretch itself. The "comedy" is an Americanized adaptation (surprise) of a critically adored Australian hit, but--this may come as a shocker--something apparently got lost in translation. Australians have called the US version a travesty, and it was axed by Oz television stations after just two episodes. US critics have also given it a verbal pummeling, dubbing it unwatchable and unfunny--two things comedies aren't supposed to be. And you, the collective hivemind known as the TV.com user, have rated it a paltry 5.8...out of 10. That's a D.

Still, the show averaged 6 million total viewers and pulled in a 2.6 rating, 6 share among the 18-49 demo, which is enough for NBC to give it the re-up.

"Kath & Kim is a show we love and believe in," said NBC Entertainment's Teri Weinberg. "We have incredible confidence in the creative auspices of this show and we believe it's a perfect fit with our Thursday-night comedies."

Kath & Kim stars Molly Shannon and Selma Blair as a clueless and goofy mother-daughter duo. The show airs on Thursday nights at 8:30 p.m., right after My Name Is Earl and before The Office.

Anyone else out there wondering what monkey is at the controls of NBC?

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