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NBC Orders Chelsea Handler Sitcom, Three Other Comedies

by Chris Harnick, posted May 13th 2011 1:45PM
Chelsea HandlerHot on the heels of renewing 'Parenthood' and 'Harry's Law' and handing out series orders to half a dozen new shows, NBC has also given the greenlight to comedies 'Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea,' 'Bent,' and 'BFF.'

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the series pickups.

'Are You There, Vodka?' is based on Chelsea Handler's life and best-selling book. It stars 'That 70s Show' veteran Laura Prepon with Handler involved as an executive producer and playing Prepon's older sister.

'Free Agents,' a workplace romantic comedy based on the popular UK series, comes from 'Party Down' co-creator John Enbom. Hank Azaria stars in the series about two co-workers who fall in love.

Amanda Peet stars in 'Bent,' a comedy about a divorced mom who does her best not to fall in love with her contractor. Jeffrey Tambor also stars in the sitcom, which may be held for midseason.

'BFF' follows a recently divorced young woman who moves in with her best girlfriend and her live-in boyfriend.

The Peacock network has also renewed 'Chuck' for 13 new episodes.

NBC's new fall shows now include the aforementioned comedies and 'Smash,' 'Awake,' 'Grimm,' 'The Playboy Club,' 'Up All Night,' 'Prime Suspect' and 'Whitney.'

Stay tuned to AOL TV for complete coverage of fall 2011's new shows.

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joanmarie1640

No offense to Laura Prepon--but she seems too subdued and quiet to be Chelsea. Someone like Elizabeth Banks would be better for loud, crude in-your-face type of humor. Banks also resembles Chelsea.

May 17 2011 at 3:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jstev10797

i wonder if judy blume approves of this title for chelsea handler's show. i don't find her that funny, but there are other channels to watch or netflix.

May 16 2011 at 6:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
steve

chelsea handler ? no thanks, but, laura prepon is a keeper so i'll give the show a chance just to see her.

May 16 2011 at 5:55 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
rams2973

Why couldn't NBC pick up Human Target?? !!

May 16 2011 at 3:05 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
ironcyde

Dead wrong Joan, but thanks.... Handler COMPLETELY rocks & her very real & totally easy on my mind personality is the absolute best.... Gladly you dont speak for me, but thanks for playing... Griffin also totally gets it & no, neither will be attneding your church group this week, Joan....

May 16 2011 at 2:49 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Jef

I don't see where Joan said anything about "church group". so, because she, and I for that matter, do not like chelsea or griffin and that upsets you enough to lash out at religion? you have some other issues cyde, maybe daddy didn't love you enough?

May 16 2011 at 5:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joan

Handler has one nasty and negative attitude. Put her in a group with Kathi Griffin--good match!

May 16 2011 at 2:41 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
ericamericapcola

BRING BACK OUTSOURCED !!!!

May 16 2011 at 2:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mkmorgenroth

Chelsea Handler looks like Denis Leary in drag.

No wonder NBC is the last place network.

May 16 2011 at 2:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mawihi

Why can't all the execs who by the way have little to no creative ability, but who can certainly buy it, know that these concepts for fresh new programs are old and stale and have been for years, Can't we do better?? Yes we can. Come on America, how about a reality show "So you think you can a write comedy series?" Why not? I don't expect royalties from this just much better viewing fare.

May 16 2011 at 1:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fundhorzurodenon

i like her

May 16 2011 at 12:59 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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