Julie Chen Shows Humorous Side on CBS Spec

NBC’s Brian Williams recently demonstrated his comedy stylings on “30 Rock,” and now it’s CBS “The Early Show” host Julie Chen’s turn — participating in a hidden-camera stunt on the CBS comedy special “I Get That A Lot.”

A reprise of a one-shot that performed surprisingly well last April, the hour features Chen, Paris Hilton and others in unexpected settings, waiting to see people’s reactions when they recognize (or think they Chen recognize) them. Chen, for example, is serving frozen yogurt, and when somebody tells her she looks just like that gal on “Big Brother,” she proceeds to spoof her own image — calling the host (that is, herself) “robotic” and noting that people refer to her the “Chen-bot.”

Mostly, it’s an excuse for the participating stars to say the title — “I get that a lot” — about 500 times. In addition to Chen and Hilton (who’s playing a gas-station clerk), the talent this time around includes Snoop Dogg, Rachael Ray, Gene Simmons and Tony Hawk.

CBS is probably using the concept about right: A series would be a lot to ask from such a wispy premise, but it works as an occasional special. And credit the producers with a bit of casting savvy: If you want to ensure that your otherwise low-profile reality show is on the radar of CBS CEO Leslie Moonves, there are worse ideas than featuring his wife, Chen, on the program.

Of course, one might say that such an observation reflects a suspicious nature. Then again, I get that a lot.

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