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Chelsea Handler Lands NBC Comedy, Molly Shannon to Play An Ex-Nun on HBO and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Nov 3rd 2010 2:00PM
Chelsea HandlerChelsea Handler's already a successful talk show host and best-selling author. Now the comedian has another title to add to her resume: sitcom creator.

Deadline reports that NBC has ordered a pilot of Handler's half-hour comedy, 'Are You There Vodka? It's Me Chelsea,' based on her book of the same name. The semi-autobiographical show follows a the exploits of a twentysomething Chelsea, who will have a different occupation than the real comedian but whose character traits will be based on Handler. Some storylines will be taken from essays included in Handler's three books.

Handler will executive produce but not star -- she's already signed on to play a scripted version of herself in a comedy series for E!

In other TV news ...

'Sex and the City' veteran Michael Patrick King has created a new series about a straight hairdresser experiencing a mid-life crisis. The show will most likely wind up at NBC. [Vulture]

HBO is a comedy about an ex-nun that will star former 'Saturday Night Live' cast member Molly Shannon. The show will follow a woman who leaves her convent after becoming a nun when her heart was broken at 18. "It's James Joyce meets Judd Apatow -- a female '40 Year Old Virgin' with a huge dollop of Catholic weirdness thrown in," creator Tim Long said. [Deadline]

TLC ordered eight more episodes of its hit reality series 'L.A. Ink.' The episodes will be added to the second half of the fourth season of the show, which follows Los Angeles tattoo artist Kat Von D. [Variety]

Kurtwood Smith has replaced another actor in a lead role in CBS's midseason series 'Chaos.' The former 'That 70s Show' star will play an intelligence service director. [Deadline]

Fox is arguing against CBS's claims that 'Hawaii Five-0' is the most DVRed show of the year. The network says that, using live plus same-day DVR stats instead of live plus seven days, the title belongs to 'Glee.' [The Hollywood Reporter]

ABC is developing an action-adventure series about reactivated retired CIA agents. First the movie 'Red,' now this: Aging spies are a hot commodity these days. [Deadline]

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Gig

As far as the other news and the 'Hawaii Five-0' argument go, according to Tivo the most Tivo'd show is as follow...
Rank Show LastWk Change
1 GREY'S ANATOMY 1 0
2 HOUSE 2 0
3 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES 3 0
4 AMERICAN IDOL 4 0
5 NCIS 5 0
6 GLEE 6 0
7 THE OFFICE 7 0
8 MODERN FAMILY 8 0
9 CSI: CRIME SCENE 9 0
10 TWO AND A HALF MEN 11 1
11 CRIMINAL MINDS 10 -1
12 THE MENTALIST 13 1
13 BONES 12 -1
14 DANCING WITH STARS 14 0
15 THE BIG BANG THEORY 15 0
16 THE GOOD WIFE 18 2
17 MEDIUM 19 2
18 BROTHERS & SISTERS 16 -2
19 PRIVATE PRACTICE 17 -2
20 OPRAH WINFREY 20 0
21 THE CLOSER 21 0
22 FRINGE 23 1
23 CASTLE 22 -1
24 HAWAII FIVE-0 26 2
25 LAW & ORDER: SVU 25 0

November 03 2010 at 5:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John F.C. Taylor

I won't be watching it. I've tried her show several times. I've found her to be definitely NOT funny. I would not expect much from any show she has a hand in creating.

November 03 2010 at 4:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Riley2c

I totally agree with you. Now Joel McHale is a total crackup!

November 03 2010 at 11:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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