Watch 'So NoTORIous' -- no, really!

93016__tori_lI’d call VH1’s So NoTORIous a guilty pleasure, but I’m really not that guilty about liking it.  I know, it’s a pop trifle next to an epic of celebrity self-absorption like Curb Your Enthusiasm, but La Spelling knows you expect pop trifles from her, and she works furiously not to disappoint.

Granted, it’s not novel for a star to build a show around her selfless willingness to let her writers make any joke at her expense, no matter how merciless. (I laughed at Kirstie Alley’s similarly self-flagellating Fat Actress too — make of that what you will). But what is unique is the execution. Unlike other celeb-reality sitcoms that belong to the Larry David/Ricky Gervais school, where embarrassing moments are followed by squirmy, lingering silences (a technique taken to such extremes in The Comeback that it wasn’t really a comedy at all), So NoTORIous has a pace that doesn’t let up. It’s just one humiliation after another, bing-bang-boom, no let-up, but after each one, our perky, optimistic heroine pops back up, unfazed, like a Weeble. Watch this week’s episode for yourself (it’s streaming at VH1.com; there’s a sequence in a sex-toy shop that’s a little too PG-13 to watch at work), in which Spelling lampoons her own lack of serious thespian skills, the nepotism that launched her career, and her apparently lingering fear of Shannen Doherty.

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  • melissa

    I love this show it is hilarious!

  • Nik

    I have been wanting to see this! I will watch the streaming episode! I have always had a soft spot for Tori Spelling (except no thank you to her lifetime movies!) Cheers Tori!
    VH-1 needs to have this show as an iTunes download! Come on Vh-1 get to it!

  • aramis

    OH MY GAWD. That stream was freakin’ hiliarous!!! I’m hooked. That video at the end had be falling out…Finally a medium for Tori to shine. I knew “Trick” wasn’t just a fluke.

  • Lyle

    Aramis, FYI that particular episode was also directed by Trick director Jim Fell. :D

  • cbc

    Thankyou so much for putting this up. The show is a lot better than one would expect. I loved the Scientology episode.

  • Heather

    The only reason I tuned in initially was because I am in serious withdrawl until 90210 comes to DVD…what happened is that I found quite a quirky, off-beat and oh my god- subtly brilliant show. I knew Tori had the goods- kudos to VH1 for picking up the show when no one else would!!

  • Stephanie Travitsky

    Thank you daddy for giving me an acting career because I am not educated enough and independant enough to get a job of my own!

  • Bobby

    The show is great. If you haven’t seen it you’re seriously missing out! Love it!

  • Jason

    Don’t you love it when petty, jealous people like Stephanie try to post some snarky comment and they can’t even spell things correctly (independAnt)? Just because Tori has a fun show is no reason for you to get all up in her grill, Steph!

  • Frank

    Ok Tori rocks! I saw her the other night in one of my favorite gay stops in Manhattan (XL) and she’s so cute, nice and friendly… loved her in TRICK, 90210 and I loooove her in So noTORIous… VH1 rocks!

  • jim

    Stephanie would be right, but thankfully, Tori puts those shortcomings right out there. And I think we all have lingering fear of Shannon Doherty.

  • Happy K

    I myself was curious and ended up watching the whole show at the sex shop. My husband and I loved it! Love the manager’s comment about women being so silly needing all that equipment…and the Shannon scare! But seriously, and I am not trying to be snarky, has it ever bothered anyone else how her head is so huge?

  • sammy

    the comeback is the best show ever.

  • Maeve

    Stephanie-
    So if your dad was a gazillionaire, and he offered you a job where you would make a ton of money and get to hang around with Luke Perry, you would turn it down?

  • Johnny

    They definately need to get it on itunes! I can’t find torrents anywhere. Go Tori! BTW THE COMEBACK is indeed the best show ever!

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