So NoTorious: The Complete Series
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Tori Spelling .... Herself
Loni Anderson .... Kiki Spelling
Zachary Quinto .... Sasan
James Carpinello .... Pete
Brennan Hesser .... Janey
Cleo King .... Nanny
Jeanetta Arnette.... Ruthie Rose
Natalia Nogulich.... Touca
Joanna Sanchez .... Vilma
Mark Capri .... The Voice of Aaron Spelling
Mike Chessler ... Director
Chris Alberghini ... Director
Peter Lauer ... Director
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The most surprising thing about So Notorious is just how funny the darn show is. On Beverly Hills 90210, Tori Spelling didn't get to show off her comedic chops. The actress has also starred in a handful of series themed Lifetime movies, so most people didn't know what Tori had to offer comedy wise.
So Notorious can most easily be compared to the Kirstie Alley series Fat Actress. Similar to Fat Actress where Kirstie Alley starred as Kirstie Alley with actors cast as her friends, in So Notorious Tori stars as a fictional character named Tori, with actors playing the roles of her family and friends. In the series, Tori explores post 90210 life which includes dating, friends, family, tabloids and Beverly Hills life.
There are some really funny moments in the series. The guys who want to hook up with her because her father is a famous producer. Some of the greatest scenes in the series include actress Lonnie Anderson who stars as Tori's mother KiKi in the series. Hands down one of the funniest episodes of the series is the episode "Charitable." In this episode, Tori takes a disadvantaged "teen" under her wing. Before she knows it
she is throwing the young girl a huge party. When the "teen" doesn't get her way she threatens to go to the tabloids. Things really come to a head when Tori learns the teen isn't a teen after all, she really is a grown woman.
So Notorious is a cute show. The DVD set includes 9 episodes that aired and a 10th episode that never aired on the network. Special features include episode commentary, deleted scenes, outtakes and cast interviews.
I watched the first episode and was hooked. It's not a reality show. It's based on being a celeb and it's better than Kirstie's on that pioneer pay channel or Lisa K's on the other big pay channel.
This show was actually funny which is rare for a sitcom these days and it had a female lead; another rarity in this new century.
I loved the running gags like the gates to Aaron's Mansion playing the Charlie's Angel's theme or never seeing Aaron but hearing his voice ala-Charlie.
Loni Anderson was the PERFECT choice for Tori's mom and some of quirks were deadly funny. I loved the Christmas room in the mansion.
Why did they make only 9 or 10 eps? Why when I recorded an episode with title "A" did the ep with title "c" show up? and this was during a "marathon". [Not on VH1 but another channel showing it...I forget which one]. So I never saw all 9 eps on regular TV. I think I saw 5 at most.
Now I have the DVD set and I can enjoy it and share a good comedy with friends. [and encourage them to buy their own].
I never liked 90210 but Tori spelling can be funny and make fun of herself while being a good sport about it.
Oh and the limo getting stuck in the drive-thru was truly funny.
So NoTORIous(on which Tori serves as co-exec producer, co-creator as well as the main character) is very well-written and laugh-out-loud funny, with numerous pop-culture references littered throughout the script such as Tori's 90210 and childhood flashbacks, a cop mockingly volunteering to call Starsky and Hutch "and maybe the Mod Squad" after she reports her Blackberry as stolen, her apparent lingering fear of Shannen Doherty resurfaces after seeing her in a sex shop and roommate Pete's skanky girlfriend-of-the-week claiming Tori "looks better in person" (a real-life comment Tori says she is often told) and that she never watched 90210 as it was "so gay-everyone on it was like 40 and still a virgin".
You get the picture lol. Friend Janey's sarcastic remarks, Sasan's haughtiness, Pete's girl-craziness, manager Ruthie's constant praise of her "marvellous whore" of a client (Tori) and Kiki's bleedingly obvious disdain of her daughter's lack of perfection are more than enough reason (along with Tori's own performance) to buy this DVD.
Tori's real-life fashion-conscious pug, Mimi LaRue is also a cute addition and 1 interesting fact is that Loni Anderson(Kiki)is a long-time family friend of Aaron&Candy, Tori's real parents and has known Tori for over 20 years so their on-screen relationship is even more realistic.
She plays Tori Spelling who is living in an apartment that her parents paid for. She has a roomate - Pete, and a GBFF - Sasan and a BBF - Janey. She has a distant mother Kiki (is this really how her relationship with her real mother is like?) and a vertually non-existant visual relationship with her famous dad Aaron (they always comunicate via intercom). Loni Anderson plays her mom and let me say she looks terrible - too much work done, but she was fantastic in this.
Throughout the series, we see Tori and her friends in different situations. In each episode there are 'flashbacks' to Tori's traumatic past which in themselves are quite funny. There is the hilarious episode where Pete brings his girlfriend over to the apartment and Tori has to leave and the funny (yet sometimes annoying) episode where Tori becomes a big sister.
Don't be prejudice before buying this. Don't think that because Tori Spelling is in it, that it won't be good. It is good and really worth taking a look at. I absolutely love it and glad that I made the purchase. (I also like the outtakes at the end of each episode).