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Three Cast Members Fired From Chelsea Handler's New Sitcom

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 4th 2011 6:35AM
Chelsea HandlerIt's not a great start to the Fourth of July for several cast members of Chelsea Handler's new NBC sitcom, 'Are You There, Vodka? It's Me Chelsea' as they've been fired.

According to TVLine.com the comedy is being radically retooled, which has involved pink slips being handed out to nearly half of the ensemble cast, including Natalie Morales ('White Collar'), Angel Laketa Moore ('ER') and Jo Koy ('Chelsea Lately').

A spokesperson for the show confirmed that the three are leaving "for creative reasons," and that their characters are currently being reconceived.

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Is Chelsea Handler Quitting E! Network?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 3rd 2011 3:55AM
Chelsea HandlerChelsea Handler is one busy lady these days, with her late night talk show 'Chelsea Lately,' two new shows in the works and a multi-book publishing deal to look after.

So is it any wonder that as her contract comes up for renewal over at E! there are reports that the network's desperate to keep her, and that she's feeling pretty relaxed about the whole thing?

"We'll see how it goes," she told 'The Hollywood Reporter.' "And if it works out for me to stick around here ... It may turn out that I'm done altogether. I can't keep doing the same thing, my brain is bleeding."

Handler is estimated to make $3.5 million a year for her hosting duties, a figure that will undoubtedly have to rise if E! wants to keep her.

"It's a lengthy process," Handler said, adding that "They tell you're valuable, and then you get a counter [offer] and you think, 'I guess you really don't care about me at all.' Nothing is set in stone, so if things go south, then obviously I will be moving along."

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Lee DeWyze Sets Record Straight on 'American Idol' Finale Absence, Roseanne Eyes TV Role and More

by Chris Harnick, posted May 27th 2011 12:00PM
Lee DeWyzeSo, did Lee DeWyze refuse to participate in the 'American Idol' finale or was he never asked?

According to Zap2It, 'American Idol' executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said DeWyze, winner of season 9, refused to participate in the finale.

But, DeWyze hit back on Twitter saying he was not asked to be involved ... until the last second. Producers asked him to present 'American Idol' season 10 winner Scotty McCreery with the trophy.

"I was not asked to be involved in the Finale. It wasn't until about 2 minutes before they announced that Nigel had approached me and asked if he could 'borrow' me for a second," DeWyze said on Twitter.

"I didn't feel a last second jump on stage was appropriate. It was Scotty's moment."

In other TV news ...

Jon Hamm will direct the 'Mad Men' season 5 premiere ... whenever it will air. "The wheels have officially been set in motion to make that happen. It's a very exciting challenge that I'm looking forward to with a mixture of utter fear and excitement." [TVLine]

Roseanne Barr is in talks to return to sitcoms. The TV veteran is being courted by Chelsea Handler to appear in ABC's 'Are You There, Vodka? It's Me Chelsea?' Handler wants the 'Roseanne' star to play aunt to Laura Prepon's Chelsea character. [THR]

'True Blood' in 3D? Not quite yet, but Alan Ball says it could happen soon. The 'True Blood' executive producer said HBO is interested and they even shot a scene in 3D, but he doubts it'll make it to air this year. [LA Times]

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Sneak Previews: The New NBC Shows

by Jean Bentley, posted May 15th 2011 3:35PM
The Playboy ClubAlong with today's announcement of NBC's fall schedule, the network released trailers for most of its new shows. A few highlights? The Christina Applegate/Will Arnett comedy 'Up All Night,' for one, which looks like a welcome return to TV for the actress and her costar, Will Arnett, whose guest spots on '30 Rock' have proven more successful than his past attempts at full-time series work.

Also intriguing: the '60s-set drama 'The Playboy Club,' the mind-bending mid-season drama 'Awake,' and the mid-season musical 'Smash,' whose preview managed to look intriguing despite being essentially a minute-long clip of Katharine McPhee singing a Christina Aguilera song.

After the jump, find updated extended previews and descriptions of each new series.

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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.

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