June 19, 2014 at 3:51 pm #320118
By NELLIE ANDREEVA | Thursday June 19, 2014 @ 6:00am PDT
Chelsea Handler has lined up her next TV gig and it is the one she’d wanted all along — a talk show on Netflix. After months of negotiations and speculation, the streaming service has announced a deal with the comedian that includes a talk show, to launch in early 2016, as well as stand-up special and four docu-comedy specials.
Like her E! late-night show, which will end its seven-tear run on August 26, the Netflix talker will feature Handler’s unfiltered opinions on topics of the day as well as guest interviews. It has not been determined yet what frequency the show will be released with — daily, weekly or in between — with Netflix only noting that it will debut simultaneously in all Netflix territories. “The Internet has disrupted many of the conventions of traditional television and together with Chelsea Handler, Netflix is looking forward to reimagining the late night talk show for the on-demand generation, starting with the late-night part….” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. That means that Netflix’s model of delivering content on demand and not tied to a time period has rendered the late-night label for Handler’s talk show obsolete.
In Handler’s now infamous Howard Stern Show radio interview in March, in which she called E! “a sad, sad place to live” and “a failure,” Handler suggested that after she leaves the cable network she would be interested in going to an outlet like Netflix. It was the first time Handler addressed her plans for the future as her E! contract was coming up, and several months and a ton of speculation later, she landed at Netflix, giving the streaming service its first talk show. “If I was going to continue working in this industry, I knew I had to do something outside the box to keep myself interested,” Handler said. “I wanted to sit with the cool kids at lunch so I approached Netflix to make sure they were as cool as I thought they were, and when I confirmed my suspicions, like with any other future lover, I made my move. I’m more excited than I’ve been in awhile, and the team at Netflix is the most forward thinking, alert group I’ve sat down with in ages. No offense to the Shahs Of Sunset.”
Handler’s very public parting of the ways with E! and as public job search were orchestrated by well known music manager Irving Azoff, who joined her team, including CAA, in October. Her pursuit of a new gig got entangled in the late-night changeover at CBS, prompting the broadcast network to publicly deny that Handler is being considered for a slot.
Before she starts her new talk show, Handler will tape an one-hour stand-up special during the June 20 stop of her tour “Uganda Be Kidding Me” Live in Chicago. It will premiere on Netflix on Oct. 10. And next year, Handler will create four new docu-comedy specials for Netflix featuring her efforts to gain a better understanding on a variety of subjects ranging from NASCAR to politics and from Silicon Valley to the NBA draft. The talk show, stand-up special and docu-comedy specials will be produced by Handler and her partners in Borderline Amazing, Tom Brunelle and Brad Wollack.June 20, 2014 at 4:31 am #320120
This seems kind of weird and it’s a clear sign that nobody else wanted her, simple as that. Even before House of Cards and Orange hit big (or so we think), going to Netflix for a tv series made sense, but a Late Night Talk Show? Or a Talk Show? I don’t know. Of course we don’t know how it’s going to work, what the release pattern is, but it just seems odd.
Anyway, I never quite got what her bad blood with E! was. I pretty much hated Handler until two years ago when I just didn’t have anything else to watch and I caught her one night and laughed a lot with her guests on the round table, and it happened again the following night, so I just hit record on the DVR and have been watching since. I have come to like her a lot and the round table people are for the most part great, but this show has some serious problems with time and talent (outside of the usual routine of Handler+Table+Guest) and you never actually got a sense that they were trying to fix it or evolve and there’s no way she can tell me it was E!’s fault.
They tried some skits, most of them failed, they tried After Lately, not so good, and they tried…nothing else. So what’s the big deal? If it’s a show that seems to have stayed the same for 7 years, why leave? Why risk going to a non-network if you never actually showed that you
wanted to change but it was the network who didn’t allow you to?
She’s gone around saying that it’s because of E! a that it’s sad place because of the Kardashians and their other reality shows and the annoying ways of an entertainment reporter, yes, maybe, but never in this time watching the show have I seen the E! brand mess with Chelsea Lately, it’s a show that could’ve been anywhere else.
And as for her “brand”, that’s another thing that never changed, so aside from an F word here and there that got bleeped, nothing else seems to be missing “because of E!”, so again, why leave? Why Netflix? So she can say FUCK without being bleeped?
Also, she seems extremely close to her producers, writers, basically the cast of After Lately, so I asume everybody else is going along with her over to Netflix…So I have to wonder…what the hell with that 2016 release date? She needs a whole year and a half to make a new show?
Sorry for the long post…June 20, 2014 at 6:23 am #320121
At what point will everyone else realize what an unfunny, Talentless comedienne this woman is? There are far more hilarious women in the industry that are far more deserving of their own show. Even if it is just on Netflix.June 20, 2014 at 8:52 am #320122
I was an avid viewer for years, only tapering off my viewership in the last year or two. Even when her show was must see tv for me, I still never understood the E! bashing from her. True, the network is pure pulp, but why bite the hand that feeds you? Yes, she made money from her books, but E! brought her into millions of homes across the country. She would still be playing open mic nights if it weren’t for that talk show. It was only recently that she had kind words to say about the network regarding the opportunities they have afforded her. Having said that, it cannot be ignored that E! also helped make the entire Kardashian clan famous. A feat that is truly nauseating.
If I were her, I would just lie in the sun drinking vodka, occasionally releasing a book.June 21, 2014 at 3:34 am #320123
It’s an interesting concept, but Netflix could and should do better.
Handler isn’t that funny and her roundtable and interviewing skills are lacking. I mean, I respect what she’s done for herself, but I could list more comedians than I have fingers and toes that would do better, and most of them would be women.
I’m not a fan of Handler. At all.