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So NoTORIous - The Complete Series

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Forget everything you've ever heard about Tori Spelling. OK, maybe not everything. It’s true, her dad is the most successful TV producer of all time and she did spend a decade playing the virginal Donna Martin on his hit show "Beverly Hills 90210." But now that Tori has left that zip code and her parents' mansion behind, she wants the same things we all do: friendship, respect, and love. Used to tabloid scrutiny, Tori navigates life with a self-deprecating sense of humor and the support of a loyal crew of friends she’s know since high school, along with her devoted manager, her beloved nanny, and her ever scrutinizing mother Kiki, the ultimate Beverly Hills housewife.

So what do you do if your hit TV show went off the air in 2000, your last studio film was Scary Movie 2, and you've become tabloid fodder and a sure-fire pop culture punchline? If you're plucky Tori Spelling, you go the Fat Actress route and co-create and bravely star in a TV series that takes a self-deprecating look at your life. In an interview with Tori included amongst the ample bonus features, she reveals this series was born out of "years of people laughing at me." Making lemonade out of her lemon of a career, she seems to have taken Robin Williams' maxim to heart: "Joke 'em if they can't take a (blank)." While this is decidedly a fictionalized portrayal, there is, with a bow towards Stephen Colbert, a playful "truthiness" to So NoTORious that will appeal to her fans and even her detractors. There are, at her expense, plastic surgery jokes, eating disorder jokes, and, hitting way close to home, nepotism jokes, as when Tori insists to uber-producer father, Aaron (cleverly heard, but not seen, a la Charlie in Charlie's Angels) that she thinks it best if she gets her own acting jobs, adding, "Unless, of course, you want to buy me a studio... No, daddy, don't do it. I was just kidding."

Through miserable dates, disastrous parties, and career setbacks, So NoTORIous is nearly as cringe-worthy as Curb Your Enthusiasm, although unlike the irascible Larry David, our heart goes out to the hapless Tori, game as she is to somehow right the ship of public perception of her as a "spoiled Beverly Hills princess who's had everything handed to her." "I'm trying to keep a low profile," she complains at one point, and accordingly, the series does not feature many star cameos or appearances by her Beverly Hills 90210 costars. Farrah Fawcett does a nifty turn as herself in the episode "Plucky," and Whoopi Goldberg appears as a psychic in "Cursed" ("You are a wretched, miserable soul," she divines). Making a welcome return to the small screen is Loni Anderson (WKRP in Cincinnati) as Tori's neglectful and self-absorbed mother (which certainly couldn't have helped the well-publicized real-life rift between Tori and her mater). Who knows where Tori's career goes from here? Based on So NoTORIous, there could be a Suddenly Susan in her future! --Donald Liebenson

Special Features

  • Never-before-seen episode
  • Deleted scenes
  • Behind the scenes
  • Cast Interviews
  • Outtakes

Product Details

  • Actors: Tori Spelling
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: November 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 211 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GG4Y1O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,092 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dorrie Wheeler on November 27, 2006
Format: DVD
This season Tori Spelling fans will have two new releases to choose from. Earlier this season Paramount released Beverly Hills 90210 The Complete First Season on DVD. Now her VH-1 original series So Notorious is available on DVD. The DVD release includes the entire series which consists of 10 episodes.

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.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Robert Alan Bryan on December 10, 2006
Format: DVD
But I did read some good reviews of this show before it began and decided to program it into my TiVo [product placement-1].

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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By torifan on November 4, 2006
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So NoTORIous is hilarious. I am biased as I've been a fan of Tori Spelling's for many years, but I've read online reviews from many people who say "I hated her til I saw this show-now I have to admit I'm a fan". Sadly, while many critics and fans gave the show a very enthusiastic 2 thumbs up, Vh1 decided to cancel it which well, sucked. Luckily Tori has other projects in the pipeline at the moment as this stint gives her long-overdue credibility for her "better than decent comedic timing" as 1 critic put it.

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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MattW on December 18, 2006
Format: DVD
I had heard great things about this show (critically) and then the last I had heard it was then abruptly cancelled. I have very little history of Tori Spelling's career, 90210, and I don't even have access to VH-1, so I went in with little context and much to my delectation found it to be quite hysterical. The one-liners come fast and furiously and the script is extremely clever, self-effacing, and entirely topical. Tori obviously has a wonderful self-deprecating sense of humour and you're very aware that her character is a very close representation of who she probably really is, which is a good thing because she's very likeable. Spelling has really come into her own with this vehicle, and it's a shame that there won't be more episodes. I've become decidedly fond of her and her eclectic cast of characters. Loni Anderson absolutely deserves an emmy for her turn as Tori's mother "Kiki" - she is simply too funny to be believed - yet utterly believable! Torina - you've made me a fan!
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