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]
You might shocked that a simple lack of AC could lead to an armed showdown, sexual assault, insane policemen, and a screaming clown. ... But then, maybe you've just never seen the show before. The satirical medical comedy is all about getting weird and getting offensive -- always has been, always will be.
(S07E01) "Just came along for the ride." - Jack
This never gets old to say: Jack is back. When I first watched tonight's opening hour last week, I felt as though I'd already seen a lot of it. Much of the general plot has been leaked for months now, and FOX has been airing promos that probably gave a little too much away. That doesn't mean that it wasn't one hell of an hour full of life lessons. The most important one? Jack Bauer can kick your ass while wearing a suit and tie too.
Sam Briggs is a schlemiel. Everything that can go wrong in his life, every dumb thing a guy can do while trying to do the right thing, happens to Sam.
The preview of Worst Week (premiering Monday at 9:30 PM ET on CBS) has not changed dramatically from this ready-to-go pilot. The premise is simply this: can a good guy like Sam overcome all the stupid things he does and find happiness with the girl he loves and her family that loathes him?
For the pilot, Worst Week works really well as broad farce. The situation of this situation comedy goes from bad to worse to worse still. It's funny. It's over the top. It's very, very outrageous. Whether or not they can sustain this level of silliness and maintain some semblance of believability week in and week out is the big question for Worst Week.
(S04E12) I had all but forgotten about Kurtwood Smith. I've been a big fan ever since Robocop and this character is really fun to watch. I only wish the writers had given his character a different name. Every time someone calls him Agent Cooper, I flashback to Twin Peaks and I feel like I'm betraying Medium by wishing that Peaks was still on the air.
One of the best things about Smith is how he can be so menacing while still keeping a smile on his face. In fact, I find him scarier when he smiles. I felt the same way when Red would actually say something nice to a member of his family on That 70's Show.
(S01E09) After five long months Psych has returned with all new episodes featuring James Roday as Shawn Spencer and Dule Hill (The West Wing) as his trusty companion Gus. For those of you who watched and enjoyed this show when it aired over the summer on USA I say welcome back. For those of you who aren't familiar with this comedy-mystery hybrid (I call it a mysterdy) let me give you a brief synopsis of the plot . . .
The show follows Shawn in his role as a police psychic, solving crimes that they cannot (which are many). However, he really isn't a true psychic. In reality, he has an extraordinarily keen eye minute details, which he obtained through intense training conducted by his policeman father (Corbin Bernsen).
Got it? There will be a quiz at the end of the review, of course. With that out of the way let's move on to this week's show.
Cooper is an interesting character. At once the hero, and the villain. I suspected going in that there would be some butting of the heads as his clinical studying of the evidence clashed with Allison's visions. And we did get some of that. It was made even better with the first round going to Cooper. He was so smarmy and confident as he shot Allison down again and again. It seemed to set up perfectly for Allison to eventually be proven right and get the "I told you so" moment that she wanted so badly.
Sliding into The O.C.'s old time slot are back-to-back episodes of That 70s Show. At least, until Idol takes over.
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