Chelsea Handler Inks New Two-Year Deal with E!
Between Chelsea Lately and her upcoming NBC series Are You There, Chelsea?, Chelsea Handler is going to be on TV for some time to come.
The comedian has signed a new two-year deal with E! Entertainment, where she'll continue serving as executive producer and host of Chelsea Lately through 2014. As part of the deal, Handler will also develop and produce shows for E! and NBCUniversal through her production company, Borderline Amazing Productions.
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Lately, which launched in July 2007, dominates in the women 18 to 34 demographic among late-night talk shows. On Oct. 10, the talk show brought in its highest rated telecast, averaging 1.8 million viewers.
"Chelsea is an extraordinary talent whose smart, clever, no-holds-barred point of view has clearly been embraced by viewers," President of E! Suzanne Kolb said in a statement. "We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Chelsea as we build on the success of Chelsea Lately, which has become the late night destination for young adults, and collaborate with Borderline Amazing Productions on developing even more hit shows."
"It's a great time for women in comedy," adds Handler, "and it's a great time to have real breasts."
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The announcement comes on the heels of NBC scheduling Are You There, Chelsea? to premiere Jan. 11. The comedy series is based on Handler's book Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea.