Outsourced, Law & Order: Los Angeles: Were They Last Minute Cancellations?

Outsourced season twoIt’s like a look into an alternate universe — or just a terrible tease for fans of Outsourced and Law & Order: Los Angeles. Both NBC series were cancelled after one season on the air and won’t be returning for the 2011-12 season. Of course, if you received press materials from the network, you might think otherwise.

The cancelled freshman series were inadvertently included in materials sent to the press and were teased as returning series.

Both Outsourced and Law & Order: Los Angeles were cancelled due to terrible ratings and it seemed like both shows’ fates were sealed for awhile — but perhaps this little goof is an indication that NBC execs were seriously considering bringing one or both back for second seasons.

While LO:LA description is fairly generic, the Outsourced page may give some insight into what might have happened in season two. The description reads:

“After surviving his first year managing the call center in India, Todd’s ready for some bigger challenges — should he try to make his relationship with Asha a bit more than work-related? Is his team ready for a trip to America for training and some good ol’ USA traditions like beer pong?”

“He’s become more than just their boss, he’s their friend and mentor, and ready to share his culture with them while he continues to learn their ways. He’s there for support when Manmeet meets an American girl online and flies her to India, only to realize she’s more interested in his country than his, well, ‘Manmeet.’ Living in the same boarding house as Gupta, will Todd be able to raise Gupta’s game or will Gupta wind up making him an outcast, too? In this foreign land, anything is possible.”

Outsourced season two

Law and Order Los Angeles season two

What do you think? Do you think either show was close to being renewed? Did either deserve a second chance?

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55 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. marny douglas says

    LOLA Is a great show and deserves a chance. Bring it back and stop messing with good acting.

  2. Shelle says

    please bring back Law and Order LA!!!!!! great cast, story lines, and the best Law and Order show on tv!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Guy says

    Outsourced was the one of the few funny shows last season and perhaps just needed a better time slot than 10:30 to bring in viewers. They were trying to keep people away with that schedule. It will be a shame to see this truely original show go away. That is why the networks are leaking viewers to the cable.

  4. Vaughn says

    Outsourced was one of the good shows. maybe working with Indians made it more endearing but it was pretty ‘right on’ and funny to boot major networks just don’t give anything a chance, too bad for them I guess.

  5. Bill says

    Too bad about LOLA. Well written, directed, and good characters; however, maybe too many of them. If they had kept Skeet, Corey, Alana, Terence, Alfred, and the Lt., given it time, maybe the show would have caught on. They gave it their best shot. I will buy the dvd of the season. Remember Hill St. Blues? The NBC of today, is not the NBC of old, when they would give a high quality show some time to find its audience. That’s what NBC did in the 80’s. Hill Street caught on and was a success. It’s a new TV world, now. It seems that time is never on the side of TV shows, anymore. Thanks for reading this. Bill

  6. Ronmancan says

    We loved Outsourced. It’s a shame NBC decided to cancel it. I hope they give it a second chance but we understand it’s all about the Benjamins & if they didnt have enough viewers then they wouldn’t be able to get the sponsors to keep it on the air. Too bad more people didn’t give it a try because it’s really a funny show.

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