After Lately is an American mockumentary comedy television series created by Chelsea Handler, Brad Wollack and Tom Brunelle which documents the behind the scenes goings-on at the office of the late-night talk show Chelsea Lately.
The cast is made up of the actual writers and performers of Chelsea Lately, who play themselves as they suffer the indignities and relish the perks of show business, bicker and argue over trivial and petty matters, compete for show air time and personal approval from Chelsea and produce a nightly late-night cable comedy show.
The series premiered in the USA on E! on 6 March, 2011.
After Lately premiered in South Africa on DStv's E! Entertainment channel on Monday 2 May 2011, at 23h15. See Seasons below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 3 premiered on E! Entertainment on Sunday 26 May 2013, at 22h30. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are eight episodes in the third season.
The undeniably entertaining Chelsea Handler and her uncontrollable staff of misfits are back with another over-the-top season of E!'s hit office comedy, After Lately.
As part of the network's popular weekly comedy offerings, this all-new season continues to mocku-ment the lives and antics of the Chelsea Lately staff.
This time around, guest appearances from the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Kate Beckinsale, Charlize Theron, Kathie Lee Gifford, Monica Potter, Kevin Nealon, Melissa Etheridge, Giancarlo Stanton and many more add to the chaos as these stars soon find themselves entangled in the staff's web of absurdities.
After Lately is a no-holds-barred comedy with a semi-fictitious look into the backstage lives of Chelsea Handler and her staff of ridiculous morons, as she likes to refer to them.
Once again, the series is inspired by the real life mishaps that occur in and around the making-of her hit late-night talk show, further showcasing the complete dysfunction required to produce television's most unconventional series.
With Chelsea at the helm, her quirky family of employees is comprised of her pint-sized little nugget and personal assistant, Chuy Bravo; the self-obsessed, Heather McDonald; the always off-colour ginger, Brad Wollack; the voluptuous cynic, Sarah Colonna; the man-cougar, Chris Franjola; the malcontent buzzkill, Jen Kirkman; the southern lesbian, Fortune Feimster; and the often emasculated pee-on, Jeff Jiffy Wild.
In the season premiere, Chelsea is caught off guard by an uncomfortable conversation with Reese Witherspoon.
Meanwhile, Chelsea's staff attempts to correct course after discovering some unfavourable network research about each of them including Heather aging out of the show's target demographic, Chris's inappropriate attraction to much younger women, Sarah's loose morals and flagrant flaunting of her breasts and Brad's elitist remarks towards the urban community.
Meanwhile, Chelsea sends the writers into a frenzy after insisting they attend a very expensive fundraiser she is hosting. At the event, Brad has a confrontation with Parenthood actress Monica Potter.
Later in the season Chelsea attempts to mend fences by ending two huge celebrity feuds that have gotten way out of hand in recent months.
Will Chelsea make peace with The Today Show's Kathie Lee Gifford for a public misunderstanding and will her biggest fight with some of television's most famous stars come to an end?
As Chelsea delves into every aspect of her staff's life, she encourages Sarah to create a fake assistant in an attempt to take her flirting with major league baseball star Giancarlo Stanton to the next level.
Sarah's love life isn't the only one put under a microscope as Jiffy is forced to face the fact that the overly gay maintenance guy has a major crush and is caught staring at pictures of Jiffy in a bikini.
Other highlights popping up this season are Heather gets sexually aroused by a dog, Fortune hunts down a celebrity who did a hit-and-run on her car, Jen goes on a witch-hunt over a coworker she believes is lying about being handicapped for parking perks and Chelsea becomes jealous when her staff gets excited over a celebrity guest host.
Plus more of Chelsea's celebrity friends including Melissa Etheridge, Kate Beckinsale, Kevin Nealon and Charlize Theron stop by to add some extra Hollywood star power to the fun new season.
After Lately is executive produced by Chelsea Handler, Tom Brunelle, Jay Karas and Brad Wollack. Johnny Milord serves as co-executive Producer. After Lately is produced by Borderline Amazing Productions.
Series exclusive to E! Entertainment
Season 1 (8 episodes)
Premiere: 2 May 2011 | Finale: 20 June 2011 | Mondays, 23h15
Season 2 (8 episodes)
Premiere: 6 February 2012 | Finale: 26 March 2012 | Mondays, 23h15
Season 3 (8 episodes)
Premiere: 26 May 2013 | Finale: 14 July 2013 | Sundays, 22h30