Chelsea Handler Pilot Goes to NBC

NBC has picked up a flurry of comedy pilots, including projects by Chelsea Handler, Whitney Cummings, Peter Tolan and Jack Black.

The network has given a pilot order to Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea, a comedy inspired by Handler's life and the autobiography of the same name, which follows the lives of a group of twentysomethings living and working together led by a very outspoken young woman.

Handler, Tom Werner, Mike Clements and Tom Brunelle are executive producing, along with Julie Larson and Dottie Dartland Zicklin. Larson and Zicklin penned the pilot.

The multicamera comedy comes from Warner Bros. TV with Good Humor Television and Borderline Amazing Productions. Handler currently hosts late-night talker Chelsea Lately on E! and has published several successful books.

An untitled Whitney Cummings project has been given a pilot order. Based on Cummings' comedy stylings, the multicamera project centers on a young couple and the ups and downs of a committed relationship in today's complicated world. Cummings wrote and will co-executive produce. Scott Stuber, Quan Phung and Barry Katz will executive produce.

Jack Black's My Life as an Experiment, based on the A.J. Jacobs book, focuses on a magazine writer who puts himself and his family in unusual situations for his pieces, which somehow always reflect back on his marriage. Black executive produces, with Carolyn Bernstein, Howard Owens, Ben Cooley and Priyanka Mattoo. Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith wrote the script and will serve as executive producers.

Brave New World, a single-camera workplace comedy written by Peter Tolan, centers on a group of unusual characters at Pilgrim Village, a theme park that specializes in recreations of New England in 1637 -- oddly similar to a small-screen Adventureland. Tolan and Michael Wimer executive produce.

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