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

Selma Blair Heads to TV for NBC's Kath and Kim

Selma Blair has been focusing on her film career for years, but now she's headed back to the small screen. After a long search, NBC has tapped her to play opposite Molly Shannon in the comedy Kath and Kim.

The show, based on an award-winning Australian series, focuses on the dysfunctional relationship between a mother, Kath (Shannon), and her daughter, Kim (Blair). It's been a high priority at NBC for a while: The network first picked up the pilot a year ago, and NBC entertainment co-chairman Ben Silverman was talking it up way back at last summer's TCA, but it was reportedly tough to find the right actresses for the leads. The series comes from Silverman's production company, Reveille, which also adapted The Office and Ugly Betty for US television.

This is Blair's first regular TV role since her breakout appearance as Zoe on the WB's Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane back in 1999. Can you see her playing Shannon's daughter? To watch part of an original Kath and Kim episode, just

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neopunk neopunk 8 years
There's only a five year age gap between the actresses in the Australian version, the mom character plays it a lot older than she is, but that's part of what makes the dynamic between the two characters work. It's more like a big sister/little sister relationship rather than a parental one, which is what makes the show quite sweet, but also what causes the problems between them.
chiaramw chiaramw 8 years
I love Kath and Kim! It's hilarious, I'm curious to see them try and remake it but I'm not very optimistic about the outcome.
lola43 lola43 8 years
Yikes, Have you seen Selma Blair act? Paint drying is more exciting. She has about as much expression as a fading 60 year old starlet with a face full of botox. Poor casting choice. My guess is she will be recasted after the pilot.
pequeña pequeña 8 years
That's exciting, I love Selma Blair, she's a great comedian, and I used to watch Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that she's great in TV and in comedy roles so i wouldn't mind seeing her in this one. that's great news for her now. and with molly shannon, you know that it's going to be a riot
theparisian theparisian 8 years
I love Selma Blair, but she doesn't seem young enough to be Molly Shannon's daughter!!
libre1 libre1 8 years
I hope this one works out - US adaptations of already-good shows aren't always successful. I remember seeing Selma on Zoe, that was the cutest show!
pink_magnetism pink_magnetism 8 years
I can't see this show being able to be Americanized.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
Ughhhhh this is not going to work well in the US. The humor is completely different!!!
bransugar79 bransugar79 8 years
I don't know that Kath and Kim can be adapted for the US. I think it's hilarious but I don't that the situations translate and Molly Shannon I would believe as Kim but maybe someone else to be the mom. I liek Slema Blair but I just don't see her as either character
bandages bandages 8 years
Molly Shannon is terrible. This show is going to be a disaster.
TuTuLaRoo TuTuLaRoo 8 years
Selma looks great!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Hope the adaptation is as great as the original. Thanks for the clip, Buzz.
swwonder swwonder 8 years
I have to agree with gruaig_rua, why is it necessary to adapted all these perfectly fine shows for the US? Kath & Kim is amazing and the Australian-ess plays a huge part of what the show is.
precious-p precious-p 8 years
omg, i was thinking the same thing, laneylaney! i can't believe she is going to be playing her mom! that is so not right... but i love the both of them and i'm sure it will be a good show!
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 8 years
I adore this show!! Why do they have to be adapted for the US? Leave K & K alone! :rant:
ellipsery ellipsery 8 years
I love Kath and Kim, I love Molly Shannon, and Greg Daniels is amazing. I hope they don't screw the pooch!
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 8 years
I love the original series.
ovenmitt ovenmitt 8 years
agreed! i hope molly shannon isn't the new estelle getty!
sumbum sumbum 8 years
I agree laneylaney....She doesn't seem old enough (or Selma young enough) to be her mother! But I can't wait to see the pilot!
laneylaney laneylaney 8 years
molly shannon must be feeling pretty old right about now! selma is only 8 years younger than she is.
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