Chelsea Handler turns memoir into sitcom

Irreverent comedian and bad-girl author Chelsea Handler has turned her popular memoir, "Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea," into a new sitcom that makes its debut tonight. The NBC series, "Are You There, Chelsea?" stars Laura Prepon as Handler, while Handler plays the older sister – who is reportedly based on her real sister Simone, according to People.

A review in the Los Angeles Times said the show "takes the intemperate habits that were long the province of the crazy sidekick and gives them to the lead. The flip side of this emancipation — ewomancipation? — is comedy that seems to celebrate binge drinking and its attendant unintended consequences. ... Much of the rest of what I've seen settles for shooting off rounds of bad and better jokes at the Gatling-gun pace of three-camera comedy. But there is room to hope."

For those keeping score (and Handler certainly does) her other books include "My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands" and "Chelsea, Chelsea Bang Bang." Do you see a pattern emerging here?


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