NBC Orders Chelsea Handler Inspired Comedy Series Pilot and Hairdresser Comedy from SEX AND THE CITY Creator

     November 3, 2010

She already has her own talk show on E!, but now vulgar comedienne Chelsea Handler is getting into a comedy series at NBC. While the funny lady won’t star in the new series, Deadline says NBC has ordered a pilot for a comedy series which has been titled after Handler’s book Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea. The mistress of comedy will executive produce the series which is described as an autobiographical multi-camera series based on her life throughout her 20’s. Though the character is named Chelsea, she won’t have the same profession as the famed female comedian, but she’ll simply have a lot of the traits, desires and problems that plagued Handler as chronicled in her books. Dottie Zicklin and Julie Larson (Dharma & Greg) will write the series and also serve as executive producers. Handler is one of those great comedians who knows no bounds in getting laughs, but I can’t see her wild comedy translating all that well to network television.

For information on a new hour-long comedy from Sex and the City creator Michael Patrick King, hit the jump.

He made waves on cable with the HBO series Sex and the City, but now showrunner Michael Patrick King is working on a new project at NBC. Deadline reports King is in the midst of finalizing a deal for a pilot commitment for an hourlong comedy set in the world of hairdressing which is said to be in the same vein as the 1975 film Shampoo starring Warren Beatty. The series will follow a straight Beverly Hills hairdresser in his 50s who is struggling to stay young and relevant in a place where looks are everything. In the same way that Sex and the City dealt with the trials and tribulations of age and beauty, this series will show the man’s struggle with aging as well. King previously called NBC his home as a consulting producer on Will & Grace before heading to HBO. The series doesn’t sound all that appealing to me, but I’m guessing I’m not in the core demographic for a hairdressing series.

Either of these shows tickle anyone’s fancy out there?