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E! Orders Pop Culture Show Presentation Produced By Chelsea Handler

By | Wednesday January 5, 2011 @ 12:01pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: E! has ordered a presentation for a pop culture-driven show starring Chelsea Lately regulars Heather McDonald and Ross Mathews. The show, tentatively titled Love or Hate, hails from Chelsea Handler and Tom Brunelle’s Borderline Amazing Prods. Handler and Brunelle, who executive produce Chelsea Lately, are executive producing the new project, which is eyed for the spot following Chelsea Lately. It is one of several projects Borderline Amazing has in the works at E!, including the behind-the-scenes After Lately, which is expected to launch after Chelsea Lately in the spring, and a late-night talk show presentation hosted by Whitney Cummings, also eyed as a potential companion to Chelsea Lately. Love or Hate came about when Mathews and McDonald heard that E! was looking for a partner show and decided to showcase their mutual passion for pop culture. “It is two super-fans passionately discussing their views on the ridiculousness of pop culture,” Mathews said. Both he and McDonald have been part of E!’s awards coverage and various other specials and are also set to appear on After Lately. ROAR-repped McDonald, who is best known for her impressions and characters in the sketches on Chelsea Lately, has also been a writer on the show since its launch. She frequently tours with The Comedians of Chelsea Lately. Mathews, repped by  Mark Degenkolb, continues as a correspondent on The Tonight Show where … Read More »

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Chelsea Handler Launches Publishing Imprint At Grand Central

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After cranking out three bestsellers, E! Entertainment Chelsea Lately host Chelsea Handler has taken the next step forward. She has been given her own imprint by her publisher, the Hachette Book Group USA division Grand Central Publishing. The imprint, called Borderline Amazing/A Chelsea Handler Book, will kick off with Lies that Chelsea Handler Told Me, a book that will be published May 2011. The imprint starts with a three-book deal. The second will ostensibly written under the byline of her long-suffering dog, Chunk (the pooch has a co-writer, who has been helping with a Twitter feed that apparently has a rabid following). Borderline Amazing Productions, the shingle she runs with Tom Brunelle, will oversee the publishing venture.

Handler, who has become increasingly entrepreneurial since her E! show premiered in 2007, said the imprint gives her the opportunity to hatch books from some of the talent that appears on her show. Handler is also embracing the inevitable: once up and comers get established, the public wants to see them taken down a few pegs. Why shouldn’t the latter process be handled by loved ones who can profit from it?

Said Handler: “I’ve written three books now, and while they throw money at you after awhile, I completed the Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang book tour, went out every weekend and signed all those books, and I don’t know if I can do it … Read More »

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