NBC Orders Pilots From Funny Gals Chelsea Handler and Whitney Cummings
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.
Handler would not appear on the laffer, but serve as an executive producer along with Tom Werner, Mike Clements, Tom Brunelle, and writers Julie Larson and Dottie Dartland Zicklin.
Speaking of bad girls with potty mouths — and in keeping with brand-new NBC honcho Robert Greenblatt’s ambiton to push the broadcast envelope — the network also ordered a pilot starring and based on the comedy of Whitney Cummings. But whereas Cummings, a staple on the stand-up and celeb roast circuits, is single in real life, here she’d play half of a young couple. Cummings would also serve as a co-executive producer.
Which funny gal’s material do you think offers the most potential for a weekly sitcom?