Roseanne In Talks With Chelsea Handler For New NBC Sitcom

By Leslie Bruce and Lesley Goldberg

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Roseanne Barr is in talks to appear on NBC’s newly ordered midseason comedy “Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea.”

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“I’m talking to Roseanne Barr to do some guest episodes as my aunt,” show creator/executive producer Chelsea Handler told The Hollywood Reporter. “She’s interested in doing it, so it should be fun.”

The multicamera comedy is based on Handler’s autobiographical book of the same name about her prefame life as a waitress. Barr joins Laura Prepon (“That ’70s Show”), who stars as the lead, and Handler in a recurring role as her own sister, Sloan.

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The casting marks an upgrade in the project for Barr. Writers Julie Larson and Dottie Dartland Zicklin originally had Barr in mind for a cameo in the pilot as a lesbian prison inmate who befriends Chelsea after her arrest for a DUI. That role went to “Glee“‘s Dot Jones.

(Editing by Chris Michaud)

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