17 items from 2011
Yesterday, we released NBC's full schedule for the 2011-2012 TV season, which included six new comedies. Today we have new trailers, clips, and behind-the-scenes interviews from the shows Whitney, Up All Night and Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea. Take a look at all of these new videos below.
Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea
Click to watch Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea Trailer!
Click to watch Changing Her Life!
Click to watch Give Her Back Her Cat!
Click to watch Chelsea Sizes Up Jonathan!
Click to watch Laura Prepon Interview!
Click to watch Chelsea Handler Interview!
Click to watch Behind-the-Scenes Footage!
Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea -- Inspired by the best-selling book from comedienne/talk show host Chelsea Handler (Chelsea Lately), the new comedy Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea, follows the exploits of twentysomething bartender Chelsea (Laura Prepon, That '70s Show »
Most of the new comedies NBC ordered for next season look like the comedies that have aired on the network in recent years: They're laugh track-free, single-camera shows in the vein of "30 Rock" or "Community."
But not all of them. The fall show "Whitney" and the midseason series "Are You There Vodka? It's Me Chelsea" care cut from the old-school sitcom mold -- a live audience you can hear laughing, multiple cameras and setup-punchline rhythms reminiscent of shows from NBC's comedy heyday in the '80s and '90s.
Formal differences aside, though, what matters with any comedy is whether it's funny. Here are our first impressions of NBC's comedy offerings for 2011-12.
The fall comedies:
"Free Agents" (watch clips)
The show is based on a British series about two co-workers (Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn), both of whom are coming off failed relationships, who sleep together, regret it to »
NBC Untitled Parham/St. Clair - Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham Are You There Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea - Dottie Zicklin and Julie Larson ABC Apartment 23 - (formerly titled Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apt 23) - Nahnatchka Khan Suburgatory - Emily Kapnek Damage Control - Shonda Rhimes CBS Two Broke Girls - Whitney Cummings and Michael Patrick King »
NBC has introduced its 2011-12 primetime schedule, showcasing six new dramas and six new comedies from a roster of renowned hit-makers that includes Steven Spielberg, Lorne Michaels, Brian Grazer, Tom Werner, John Grisham and NYPD Blue, among many others.
The season's new dramas are Smash, Prime Suspect, The Playboy Club, Awake, Grimm and The Firm; and the new comedies are Up All Night, Whitney, Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea, Free Agents, Best Friends Forever and Bent.
Returning shows include Parenthood, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Harry's Law, Chuck (for its fifth and final season of 13 episodes), Community, Parks and Recreation, The Office, 30 Rock and Dateline NBC Among next season's returning alternative series are The Voice, The Sing-Off, Celebrity Apprentice, and The Biggest Loser, each in two-hour formats.
The new lineup combines schedule stability with strategic changes that position the network for future growth. Key facets of »
It's that time again, and NBC has revealed it's 2011-2012 schedule. A couple of things have been kicked to the curb, and a host of new shows are coming to fill things in. I have a preview of the new fall shows, and the full schedule for you. There are a few surprises on the cut and not cut side of things, and the new shows have a bit of something for everyone. As usual, some of the ones that look the best to me are reserved for mid-season. And, NBC has apparently given up on Saturday altogether.
It's a whole lot of info, so let's just jump in.
NBC has introduced its 2011-12 primetime schedule, showcasing six new dramas and six new comedies from a roster of renowned hit-makers that includes Steven Spielberg, Lorne Michaels, Brian Grazer, Tom Werner, John Grisham and Peter Berg, among many others.
The season’s new dramas are “Smash, »
- Marc Eastman
Friday the 13th turned out to be rather unlucky for a pair of low-rated NBC dramas: "The Event" and "Law & Order: La" won't live to see another season.
As for the cancellations, neither one is a big surprise. "Law & Order: La" merits a mild raise of the eyebrows only because of the "L&O" brand's long history at NBC, but it's not even the first one-and-done show in the franchise's history: "L&O: Trial by Jury" lasted only one season in 2005. Its ratings were nothing special either: Although it's averaging 8 million viewers for the season and a 2.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic, it's been well below that since its April 11 return/cast shuffle -- most episodes have »
Welcome back to The Pilot Pirate, where we preview the latest scripts looking for a home on the 2011-12 primetime TV schedule. Each week, we read and preview some of the projects interest to the AfterEllen.com community, breaking down scripts to help you, the optimistic TV fan anxiously awaiting the next Modern Family or Glee, keep up with the onslaught of pilots in contention.
A reminder: These are early stage scripts that are likely to be revised and, in some cases, drastically change before filming, and only some of which will make it to the airwaves.
Pilot: Charlie's Angels (drama)
Logline: The remake of the 1970s series, described as a modern take on the Angels set in Miami.
- Lesley Goldberg
That '70s Show and How I Met Your Mother star Laura Prepon has signed onto play Chelsea Handler's alter ego in NBC's series adaptation of the comedian's best selling novel Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea.
The pilot will center on the slightly named-altered Chelsea Hanson, a free spirited cocktail waitress who loves alcohol and one-night stands. The series will be a multi-camera sitcom that will delve into the truth behind some of Chelsea Handler's more racy real-life exploits.
According to reports, actress Laura Prepon ("That 70's Show") will play a character based on talk show host Chelsea Handler in an NBC multi-camera comedy pilot titled "Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea", based on Handler's autobiography.
Premise basically follows 'Chelsea Hanson' (Prepon), a young, single cocktail waitress who loves to drink and have sex.
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- Michael Stevens
Confession: We love this casting news.
"That '70s Show" star Laura Prepon is set to play comedienne Chelsea Handler in "Are You There Vodka? It's Me Chelsea," a comedy pilot for NBC inspired by Handler's autobiography of the same name, TV Line reports.
The pilot centers on Chelsea Hanson, a single cocktail waitress who is highly opinionated and open about her love of sex and alcohol. Yes, that sounds like Handler. The pilot is being written and executive-produced by "Dharma & Greg" co-creator Dottie Zicklin and Julie Larson and Handler is serving as an executive producer.
Former That ’70s Show star Laura Prepon will channel racy comedienne Chelsea Handler in Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea, a multicamera comedy pilot for NBC inspired by the late night hostess’ autobiographical book of the same name and relating her life in her 20s.
24‘s Annie Wersching Cops Role in ABC Pilot
The pilot — written and executive-produced by Dharma & Greg co-creator Dottie Zicklin and Julie Larson, and exec-produced by Handler — centers on Chelsea Hanson, a fresh-faced single cocktail waitress who is highly opinionated and open about her love to drink and have sex.
Exclusive: Jamie Bamber Reunites »
- Nellie Andreeva
Exclusive: Former That 70's Show star Laura Prepon will channel racy comedienne Chelsea Handler in Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea, a multicamera comedy for NBC inspired by latenight star's autobiographical book of the same name about her life in her 20s. Prepon has landed the lead in the pilot, written and executive produced by Dharma & Greg co-creator Dottie Zicklin and Julie Larson and executive produced by Handler. It centers on Chelsea Hanson (Prepon), a fresh-faced single cocktail waitress highly opinionated and open about her love to drink and have sex. Vodka, which hails from Warner Bros. TV and Werner Entertainment, marks a return to the multicamera comedy genre for Prepon, who got her break playing witty and confident teenager Donna Pinciotti on the Fox sitcom That '70s Show. After the end of the show in 2006, the actress, repped by Gersh and New Wave, co-starred on the ABC drama »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea is based on Handler's best-selling book of the same name. Inspired by the life of the E! late-night host, the comedy follows a group of twentysomethings — led by an outspoken young woman — living and working together. Handler will serve as an executive producer along with Tom Werner, Mike Clements (Life and Times of Tim) and Tom Brunelle. Julie Larson (Rent) and Dottie Dartland Zicklin (Dharma & Greg) wrote the pilot.
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- Kate Stanhope
NBC is courting two outrageous comediennes as it shores up its development season.
For starters, The Peacock has picked up the pilot for Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea, a multi-camera comedy inspired by late-night hostess Chelsea Handler’s life. Specifically, the series will follow a group of twentysomethings that is headed by a very outspoken young woman.
Speaking of bad girls with potty mouths — and in keeping with »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
The latest developments in development: It's your Wednesday injection of news about pilot season.
NBC's "Wonder Woman" pilot is zeroing in on McG as its director. The prolific producer-director ("Charlie's Angels," "Human Target," "Chuck") is apprently the first choice to helm the David E. Kelley-written project, which NBC greenlit last week. [TVLine]
ABC has given the go-ahead to two comedies and two dramas set in the past. The comedies are "Work It," a "Bosom Buddies"-esque show about two guys who pose as women to land jobs, and "Lost and Found," about a woman who meets the son she gave up for adoption 18 years ago; it's written by acress Marisa Coughlan. The dramas are "Pan Am," about pilots and flight attendants working for the title airline in the 1960s, and "Poe," which casts author Edgar Allan Poe as a detective in 1840s Boston. [Variety]
From Wonder Woman…to Chelsea Handler! NBC made a flurry of pilot orders today, including one inspired by Handler’s bestselling book Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea. The E! talk show host will executive produce the multi-camera comedy – along with Tom Werner, Mike Clements, and Tom Brunelle – that will focus on the lives of a group of 20-somethings who live and work together with a very outspoken young woman. Other exec producers include Julie Larson and Dottie Dartland Zicklin. Handler will not appear.
NBC also ordered these other comedy pilots today:
Untitled Whitney Cummings Project. Starring and »
- Lynette Rice
Updated: It's a big comedy pilot pickup day at NBC. The network just picked up 4 half-hour pilots, including two multicamera sitcoms based on the comedy of two edgy, good-looking female comedians, Chelsea Handler and Whitney Cummings, one written by Peter Tolan and one written by Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith and produced by Jack Black. Handler's Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea is a multicamera comedy inspired by latenight star's autobiographical book of the same name about her life in her 20s. The project, written and executive produced by Dharma & Greg co-creator Dottie Zicklin and Julie Larson, centers on a 20-something woman who has a very honest and provocative point of view on dating, friends and family. Vodka, from Warner Bros. TV and Werner Entertainment, was developed at NBC after landing at the network in a competitive situation with a put pilot commitment in November. Handler, who won't be starring in the comedy, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
17 items from 2011
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