Outsourced co-star Sacha Dhawan settles the Manmeet issue! PODCAST INTERVIEW

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Sacha Dhawan, star of NBC's "Outsourced"

Sacha Dhawan, star of NBC’s “Outsourced”

Network television has given us some truly memorable character names.

Dobie Gillis.


Peter Tork.


But one from this season has them all beet. Headsets down, it’s “Manmeet” on NBC’s “Outsourced.”

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SACHA DHAWAN audio excerpt: “What ‘Outsourced’ is doing is bringing the West and East together through these characters, who are believable and lovable at the same time.”

My guess, however, is that what seemed like a fall-down funny idea in the writer’s room before the season started never really gained the expected traction after the first episode when Manmeet’s new American boss, Todd Dempsey, finds it hysterical but none of the Indian employees understands what’s so funny.

Manmeet – as played by Sacha Dhawan – is simply too gentle and sweet a character to keep clobbering with the same one-note joke. As the series developed, the writers have found much better uses for his talents.

Of all the crazy characters on “Outsourced” – which airs Thursdays at 10:30 p.m. after “30 Rock” – Manmeet is the most grounded, the most Indian “Average Joe” on the show. He is its Jim Halpert (“The Office”) or Jeff Winger (“Community”), providing laughs yet balance in the portrayal of India’s call center employees at Mid America Novelties.

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Sacha Dhawan plays the character “Manmeet” on the NBC sitcom “Outsourced”

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