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Laura Prepon to Portray Chelsea Handler in New NBC Pilot


Laura Prepon to Portray Chelsea Handler in New NBC Pilot

Former ‘That ’70’s Show’ star Laura Prepon has signed on to portray controversial comedienne Chelsea Handler in the new NBC series ‘Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea,’ is reporting. The show will be a multi-camera comedy, and will be based on Handler’s autobiographical book of the same name. The book discusses the E! late-night talk show host’s life in her 20s.

‘Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea’ will be written and executive produced by Dottie Zicklin, the co-creator of ‘Dharma & Greg.’ Handler is also on board to executive produce the series. The show, which is being produced by Warner Bros. TV and Werner Entertainment, will follow lead character Chelsea Hanson, played by Prepon, who is a single, opinionated cocktail waitress.

The comedy will mark Prepon’s return as a television series regular after she starred on the ABC drama ‘October Road,’ which ended in 2008 after two seasons. Since that show ended, she has guest-starred on several other series, including ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ ‘Medium’ and ‘House.’

Written by: Karen Benardello

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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