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NBC Grabs Four New Comedies

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Jan 27, 2011 | 8:11am EST

chelsea handlerTis the season for new TV shows, so without further ado, here are a few more to add to the ever-growing list. NBC is hoping to continue the sitcom success of their Thursday night line-up (minus Outsourced; replace it already!) by green-lighting four, count 'em, F-O-U-R new sitcoms including one based off Chelsea Handler's book, Are You There Vodka? It's Me Chelsea.

The Handler comedy probably won't star the comedianne, but it will attempt to take her style of humor and translate it to network television. So does that mean all the dirty, awful things she says aren't going to fly? Pass. That's the only reason she's interesting. In other Chelsea Handler-related and inspired-by-real-life-ladies sitcom news, NBC also gave the go-ahead to a sitcom based around Whitney Cummings who often appears on Handler's late night show and manages to drive me crazy every time. Like Are You There Vodka?, the sitcom is supposed to be unconventional, but we'll be careful not to count those chickens until they hatch.

Jack Black and Ben Silverman are putting their weight behind a book-to-small screen adaptation of My Life as an Experiment. Guess what? This one is supposed to be an "unconventional" look at life too! My hopes are bit higher for this one because Black is pulling the strings and while his antics may have grown a little stale on the screen, if they should retire anywhere it's on TV.

Lastly, we have the most promising of the bunch. Brave New World comes to us from Peter Tolan (The Larry Sanders Show) and is another workplace comedy, this time set in the old timey world of a theme park called Pilgrim Village. NBC is killing it with workplace comedies - hello, The Office, Parks and Recreation, and 30 Rock - and with Tolan behind it all, this looks to be a great addition to the line-up.

Source: NY Mag

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