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VH1's First Scripted Comedy, 'So Notorious,' Starring Tori Spelling Premieres Sunday, April 2 at 10pm

[via press release from VH1]

VH1'S First Scripted Comedy, 'so noTORIous,' Starring Tori Spelling Premieres Sunday, April 2 at 10PM

Tori Spelling is ... 'so noTORIous'

Also Starring Loni Anderson As Her Mother, 'Kiki'

PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 12 -- Tori Spelling stars as a fictionalized version of herself in VH1's first scripted comedy "so noTORIous." This single camera show is inspired by real events and people in Tori's life. Also starring is Loni Anderson as her on-screen mother, "Kiki." The series will premiere Sunday, April 2 at 10PM*.

Being a young single woman trying to navigate career, romance and family is hard; being a young single Tori Spelling trying to do all this adds a whole extra layer of freakishness. Yes, she's moved out of the Mansion, but into a high-rise condo that she rents from her mother, and her next-door neighbor is Farrah Fawcett. Tori rarely has a date that doesn't end with them giving her their headshot and resume or asking for a sizeable loan. The only offers that are coming in are for increasingly melodramatic cable TV movies (i.e., "Heartbreak Homicide") for the Female Channel, the poor man's Lifetime. Her attempts to communicate with her imperious mother Kiki are usually interrupted by an auction in her eBay room or a crisis in the Silver Room, and her impossibly busy father is only reachable via speakerphone.

In addition to Loni Anderson who plays Tori's mother "Kiki," the show also features Cleo King as "Margaret," the nanny who raised Tori from a baby and is still always there for her, and Jeanetta Arnette as her frenetic and doting manager "Ruthie Rose." Tori is surrounded by an eclectic group of friends: "Pete," her self-involved roommate played by James Carpinello, "Janey," an ambitious, acerbic real estate agent played by Brennen Hesser and "Sasan," a haughty, gay Persian American played by Zachary Quinto. The only other regular cast member playing herself is Mimi La Rue, Tori's dog, the most fashionable (and indolent) pug west of the Mississippi.

"'so noTORIous' represents the perfect opportunity for VH1 to venture into the world of scripted comedies," said Michael Hirschorn Executive Vice President, Production and Programming VH1. "The series' premise and tongue-in- cheek tone mirror VH1's pop culture sensibility. And Tori will surprise and thoroughly entertain our viewers with her candor and ability to laugh at herself."

"so noTORIous," was created and is executive produced by Chris Alberghini and Mike Chessler (Murphy Brown, The Nanny, Reba) with Tori Spelling. Maggie Malina, Danielle Woodrow and Michael Hirschorn will oversee production for VH1. VH1 is producing 10 episodes.

VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with series, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in over 87 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array if digital services including VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul, VH1 Uno, Vh1 Mega Hits and VH1 Country. Connect with VH1 at http://www.VH1.com.

*all times ET/PT

Web Site: http://www.vh1.com

  [january 2006]  


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