Exclusive: Laura Prepon To Play Chelsea Handler In NBC Comedy Pilot

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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.

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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.

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The project marks a return to the multicamera comedy genre for Prepon, who got her break playing witty and confident teenager Donna Pinciotti on Fox’s That ’70s Show. After that series wrapped in 2006, she co-starred on the ABC drama October Road and has done guest stints on several series including How I Met Your Mother and, most recently, Castle.



Comments (32)

  • Geez. Laura Preppon is probably the worst actress ever. How does she keep landing roles?

    Comment by Shannon – February 15, 2011 09:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I thought the same thing when I read this headline. I can’t say anything about this show, but further, how does she keep landing roles on good shows? She’s mediocre in every way (acting, looks).

      Comment by Lindsey – February 15, 2011 09:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Wow, you read my mind. I’m sure she’s nice or something, but I have never seen her even remotely able to act.

      Comment by SL – February 15, 2011 09:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I totally agree. She was the weakest link on That 70s Show.

      Comment by Angel – February 16, 2011 02:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I used to think so, too, and when I heard she was playing the actress who would play Nikki Heat on “Castle” I did a massive facepalm. However, she actually turned out to be pretty funny on the episode. She’s clearly improved her skills since “70′s Show.”

        Comment by DL – February 16, 2011 06:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Looks sell Duh! thats howm many keep making it.

      Comment by lee – February 17, 2011 07:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I am sure glad I am not in showbiz! U guys are BRUTAL! Laura was great on That 70′s Show and I think she is very pretty! Give the girl a chance before you roast her! Does every actress have to look like a Barbie doll? Good luck Laura and you have MANY supporters!

      Comment by Donna Hardin – November 19, 2011 06:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • OMG I’m SOOOOO going to watch this.

    Comment by Ashley – February 15, 2011 09:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Laura is as funny as chelsea. Perfect casting.

    Comment by Jo – February 15, 2011 09:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Too bad Sarah Chalke is on Mad Love. I immediately thought of her when reading this

    Comment by Jill – February 15, 2011 09:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is a TERRIBLE choice. I absolutely love Chelsea Handler and this is a brilliant idea for a show, but seriously? They couldn’t find a better actress? Someone a little cuter and not so manly? Chelsea is hot now, so I’m sure she was in her 20′s. Come on.

    Comment by Laura – February 15, 2011 09:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Perfect casting! She will be great!

    Comment by gonzaga12 – February 15, 2011 10:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I imagine the show will be as unfunny as Chelsea is on her talk show. The funniest thing she ever said was that she’s 35.
    Garmy Strong!

    Comment by MaxxFisher – February 16, 2011 05:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I couldnt agree more chelsea handler is not even close to funny and the only reason i would watch this is too look at laura prepon who is hot

      Comment by Seth – March 7, 2011 11:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • PERFECT CASTING!!! I WANT TO WATCH IT KNOW!!!

    Comment by dfasf – February 16, 2011 07:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Maybe I’m naive, but, why couldn’t they get Chelsea Handler to play Chelsea Handler? I’d be willing to bet that she’d be a better Chelsea Handler than Laura Prepon…

    Excuse me, but do you have any Grey Prepon? (Sorry, couldn’t help myself.)

    Comment by Scott Gilbert – February 16, 2011 08:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Because Chelsea Handler can’t play a 20 something year old version of herself.

      Comment by Betty – February 17, 2011 07:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Well, how much of a stretch could it really be for Chelsea? According to all sources, she turns 36 next week. Laura Prepon turns 31 in March.

      Comment by Bob – February 17, 2011 08:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Chelsea is playing her own big sister on the show.

        Comment by Betty – February 25, 2011 08:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Perfect choice. I may not have thought so if I hadn’t seen her in Castle. She can totally pull this role off.

    Comment by Belinda – February 16, 2011 08:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Laura Prepon is great. Sorry to see she has to play mediocre rolls to stay in the business.

    Comment by jagsag – February 16, 2011 08:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As usuall so much negativity. I think this is perfect casting and it will show when everyone watches the pilot.

    Comment by Scott – February 16, 2011 09:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i really cant see how this show can be successfull, anyway we’ll see but nbc is not on the road to making things better

    Comment by adifferentblog – February 16, 2011 10:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • will they have enough rants about Angelina jOlie on that show to make people watch it?

    Comment by adifferentblog – February 16, 2011 10:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can’t wait for this show!! Love love love Chelsea,greatest comidienne since Kathy Griffin. Not so sure about Laura Prepon… Hope the show lasts…

    Comment by Danielle – February 24, 2011 08:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Chelsea is an uneducated, trash talking, nasty younger version of Joy Beher. They both look pretty worn out too. Laura Prepon will be just fine in this role. She at least seems intelligent and has some personality. Chuey on this Chelsea.

    Comment by dan – February 25, 2011 09:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think this is such a great idea! Laura is perfect for this role, she’s funny ad pretty. Can’t wait to watch!

    Comment by Anna – May 17, 2011 03:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How interesting – I’m the exact opposite! I hate Chelsea Handler, but love Laura Prepon. I’ll probably watch just because of her.

    Comment by Misty – May 18, 2011 07:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • In Europe(Holland) we like Laura Prepon and consider her to be one of the best american actresses. She plays naturaly, is funny, sexy in a natural way and is not as plastic as the most american barbies.
    So .. great choise, although I don’t know that Chelsea!

    Comment by wrak – May 20, 2011 06:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • omg she really is great dont ya think and she look alike her too so she would be the perfect person for it

    Comment by amber – December 28, 2011 08:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Laura is the worst actress on earth, she couldn’t say a serious line on that 70′s show without smirking. I find it hard to believe her acting has improved since her performance on how I met your mother where she was just as unconvincing as an actress

    Comment by MrStone – June 11, 2012 09:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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