‘Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea,’ to become NBC sitcom

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Comedienne Chelsea Handler’s autobiography, “Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea,” has inspired the small screen and will be adapted into an NBC comedy series, reports Deadline.

The “After Lately” host, whose aforementioned book reveals her love of sex, junk food, bullying her peculiar father, booze and dating around, will be the executive producer of the project and reportedly play her own sister Sloane. According to E! News, “That 70s Show” star Laura Prepon will portray Handler.

“We start in a couple weeks,” Prepon told E! News earlier this year when plans for the series weren’t set in stone. “I hope NBC gets behind it. There’s a lot of buzz. It’s different and edgy.”

Prepon said she hadn’t read Handler’s books but was excited to work with a fellow Garden State native.

“I’m from Jersey,” Prepon said. “Chelsea and I are similar, so it’s perfect we play sisters. It’s funny, because her vodka is my favorite vodka too. We both drink the same thing!”

According to the Internet Movie Database, “Water for Elephants” actor Mark Povinelli and “Wall Street” actress Natalie Morales have also been cast for the show.

Handler, who has published three books, is a New York Times bestselling author. Her memoirs typically include anecdotes about her dating bizarre men, drinking heavily and sleeping around. Handler graced tabloid headlines last week when she said she’d once been an item with rapper 50 Cent.

“He’s a very sweet, nice guy,” Handler told People magazine. “I was sampling, kind of, the atmosphere, seeing what was out there, and I was satiated.”