NBC ordered four new comedy pilots Wednesday, including projects from Chelsea Handler and Whitney Cummings.
Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea is based on Handler's best-selling book of the same name. Inspired by the life of the E! late-night host, the comedy follows a group of twentysomethings — led by an outspoken young woman — living and working together. Handler will serve as an executive producer along with Tom Werner, Mike Clements (Life and Times of Tim) and Tom Brunelle. Julie Larson (Rent) and Dottie Dartland Zicklin (Dharma & Greg) wrote the pilot.
Niecy Nash, Jerry O'Connell, Molly Stanton by F. Scott Schafer/Fox
Fox has canceled Jerry O'Connell and Niecy Nash's inn-centered sitcom, Do Not Disturb, after just three episodes, a network rep confirms for TVGuide.com.The show's Wednesday slot will be filled by 'Til Death reruns for the moment. The cancellation comes days after the production team sent a letter to TV critics apologizing (!) "for being the perpetrators of such bad television." The execs blamed the show's bad reception, in part, on Fox's decision to air a different first episode than initially planned, says Variety.Were you ready for the sitcom to shutter its operations, or still hoping more people would check in?And perhaps more fun to talk about, which show do you think will be next on the chopping block? Anna DimondRelated: VIDEO: Niecy Nash & Jerry O'Connell's Fox Comedy Audrina Patridge Checks in at Fox Sitcom• Find Do Not Disturb clips in our Online Video Guide
Bones by Adam Taylor/Fox
America's Got Talent's seemingly endless season continued on Wednesday with another night-topping 11.74 million total viewers. Bones, however, won the 8 o'clock hour in the 18-49 demo, and delivered 8.91 million viewers (dipping 800 thou from its premiere). Top Model gained 350K, hitting 3.84 mil.At 9 pm/ET, the season premiere of 'Til Death did 6.36 mil, while lead-out Do Not Disturb debuted to 4.88 mil. (Both Fox sitcoms trailed AGT and a Criminal Minds repeat.) A 90210 repeat reaped 2.29 mil. Matt MitovichRelated Use Our Online Video Guide to Watch Full Episodes of Bones
Fox has decided to go the funny route Wednesday nights, adding new sitcom Do Not Disturb to follow 'Til Death. The always sassy Niecy Nash and Jerry O'Connell (who will be forever known as the best Tom Cruise impersonator) star in the comedy about two hotel staff members who get into all sorts of laugh-inducing situations. Get a peek at the banter to come.
Audrina Patridge by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage.com
Audrina Patridge is moving from The Hills to a hotel room.The reality TV star has landed a role on Fox's new sitcom Do Not Disturb, she wrote on her blog.Patridge will play a hotel guest on the Jerry O'Connell-led comedy, which chronicles the happenings at a "swanky" New York City inn."I will be playing a guest checking into the hotel and I am going to film my scenes sometime next week!" the 23-year-old wrote. "I think Jerry O'Connell is hysterical (have you guys seen his video on that website Funny or Die!?) and I can't wait to meet [series star] Niecy Nash!"Do Not Disturb premieres Sept. 10. Joyce Eng
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Ladies and gentlemen, the cast of the new Fox sitcom Do Not Disturb![Awkward silence from roomful of press.] Sure enough, the questions start coming, the gamut of which revisit the so-so recent sitcom pasts of cast members Jerry O'Connell and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. "I know [Carpoolers] was not successful, but I had a wonderful experience," O'Connell says, defending his decision to latch onto another laffer. "Life is funny that show ends, I get depressed, I dont leave my house. But then [Do Not Disturb director] Jason Bateman and [series creator] Abraham [Higginbotham] see it and one thing leads to another. No regrets, man!" J.O. is asked why he didn't opt for another drama. "I got bit with the comedy bug," he explains. "Crossing Jordan was in a morgue and everything was sad... totally depressing! I'd come home and be like, 'What's life all about?!' [Doing a sitcom] makes you a generally happier person." Higginbotham is put on the spot about Jesse Tyler ...