NBC's 'Kath' gets a go on 13 episodes


NBC has ordered seven more episodes of "Kath & Kim," bringing the total order for the new series to 13 half-hours.

The pickup comes shortly after the mother-daughter comedy starring Molly Shannon and Selma Blair shot the first episode of its six-episode order. The show is scheduled to go back into production next month on the remaining segments.

"Kath & Kim," based on the hit Australian series, focuses on the dysfunctional relationship between Kath (Shannon), a cheerful, fortysomething divorcee, and her self-absorbed daughter, Kim (Blair).

The Reveille/Universal Media Studios-produced project originally was picked up to pilot last fall. Following the casting of Shannon and Blair as the two leads, NBC in February opted to forgo the pilot stage and go straight to series with a six-episode order.

Two months later, "Kath" landed on NBC's fall schedule on Tuesday nights. In May, the network moved it to the post-"The Office" Thursday 9:30 p.m. slot. "Kath," which co-stars Michael Higgins and Mikey Day, is slated to premiere Oct. 9.

Michelle Nader adapted "Kath" for NBC and is executive producing with original series creators and stars Gina Riley and Jane Turner as well as Rick McKenna and pilot director Paul Feig. (partialdiff)