Netflix Signs Chelsea Handler for First SVOD Talk Show19 Jun, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Netflix June 19 announced it has signed opinionated stand-up comedienne, actress and author Chelsea Handler for the service’s first-ever talk show, among other projects.
Handler, whose late-night “Chelsea, Lately” talk show is ending its seven-year run on E! in August, will do a series of stand-up specials, in addition to the talk show, which is slated to stream beginning in 2016.
The new talk show will feature an updated format that still encompasses Handler’s unfiltered opinions on topical entertainment and cultural issues, as well as her signature guest interviews.
“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,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement.
Handler first broached the idea of working with Netflix publicly during a March appearance on “The Howard Stern Show” on Sirius satellite radio. In that interview, Handler voiced her displeasure with E!
“They don’t know what they’re doing. They have no ideas. It’s a failure,” said Handler, who reportedly is making $9 million a year doing the show.
On Oct. 10, Netflix will premiere Handler’s first one-hour stand-up comedy performance based on her tour, “Uganda Be Kidding Me Live.” She will be taping the special in Chicago June 20 at the Harris Theater.
In 2015, Chelsea 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 to Silicon Valley to the NBA draft.
Handler’s film credits include This Means War, Hop and Fun Size, in addition to appearances on TV series such as “Web Therapy,” “Whitney,” “Are You There, Chelsea?” and “In the Motherhood,” among others.