Chelsea Handler to star in E! comedy series

'After Lately' will focus on the backstage antics at her late-night talk show.

Chelsea Handler, host of E!'s late-night talk show "Chelsea Lately," has signed on to star in a half-hour comedy for the network, Variety reported.

"After Lately," which is said to be in the same vein as HBO's "The Larry Sanders Show," will focus on the backstage goings-on at "Chelsea Lately." The show will reportedly be semi-improvised based on story outlines, as with HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

Eight episodes have been ordered, with production set to begin in a few weeks. No premiere date has been set for the series, which is being produced by Handler's Borderline Amazing Prods.

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