Are You There, Chelsea? (NBC) “Believe” Episode 3 airs Wednesday, January 25 on NBC (8:30-9 p.m. ET).
Episode Synopsis: When Sloane (Chelsea Handler) plans a social gathering for her church group at Jerry’s Ultimate Sports Bar, Chelsea (Laura Prepon) finds herself attracted to the band’s cute lead singer Luke (Austin Butler, “Switched at Birth”) but his virginal ways soon become an insurmountable obstacle. She then decides he is the perfect match for Dee Dee (Lauren Lapkus) and sets about matchmaking. Meanwhile, Rick’s (Jake McDorman) old girlfriend Nikki (Natasha Leggero, “Chelsea Lately”) takes a job at the bar and while Rick is excited to have her around, her saucy personality doesn’t sit well with everyone. Lenny Clarke, Mark Povinelli and Ali Wong also star.
Show Summary: Inspired by the best-selling book from comedienne/talk show host Chelsea Handler (“Chelsea Lately”), the new comedy “Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea,” follows the exploits of twentysomething bartender Chelsea (Laura Prepon, “That ’70s Show”) a strong-willed force of nature who is determined to live life to the fullest and make no apologies.
Her friends are along for the ride but they all know it is Chelsea’s way or the highway. Mark (Jo Koy, “Chelsea Lately”) is a charming bartender whose wit makes him the perfect foil for Chelsea while Shoniqua (Angel Laketa Moore, “ER”) is a smart and sassy fellow waitress who looks out for Chelsea’s best interests. Close friend and fellow bartender Todd (Mark Povinelli, “Water for Elephants”) has a wry sense of humor that keeps her in check. Also starring are Natalie Morales (NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”) as Ivory, Chelsea’s feisty best friend; Lauren Lapkus (“The Middle”) as Dee Dee, Chelsea’s sheltered, shy roommate, and Lenny Clarke (“Rescue Me”) as Chelsea’s dad, Melvin. Handler has a recurring role as Chelsea’s sister Sloan, a happily married new mom who has little in common with her carefree sister.
“Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea” is a production of Warner Bros. Television in association with Werner Entertainment and Borderline Amazing Productions. Dottie Dartland Zicklin (“Dharma & Greg”) and Julie Larson (“The Drew Carey Show”) are creators and executive producers. Handler serves as executive producer along with Tom Werner (“That ’70s Show”), Mike Clements (“The Life & Times of Tim”) and Tom Brunelle (“Chelsea Lately”)