Netflix Announces Chelsea Handler Talk Show to Debut in 2016

Comedienne to create talk-show format and specials for streamer, after seven-year run on E!

Chelsea Handler, after ending her seven-year run on E!, has inked a deal with Netflix to create a talk show for the Internet-video service slated to bow worldwide in early 2016.

Netflix said the new talk show, officially announced Thursday after months of negotiations, will feature an “updated format” that will encompasses the latenight comedienne’s unfiltered opinions on entertainment and culture as well as her signature guest interviews. The company didn’t say how frequently new episodes of the show would be rolled out.

Under the pact, Netflix also will premiere Handler’s first hour-long standup comedy performance on Oct. 10, based on her sold-out tour, “Uganda Be Kidding Me.” The special will be taped June 20 at Chicago’s Harris Theater.

In addition, next year Handler will create four docu-comedy specials exclusively for Netflix covering her exploration of subjects including politics, NASCAR, the NBA draft and Silicon Valley. Handler is producing the standup special, docu-comedy specials and new talk show along with her partners in Borderline Amazing, Tom Brunelle and Brad Wollack.

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“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 in a statement. “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.”

Handler’s “Chelsea Lately” on NBCUniversal’s E! will end Aug. 26, after she had complained publicly that she was growing tired of the gig and seeking a change of pace. The show’s ratings have declined over the past several years.

“I’m more excited than I’ve been in a while, 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,’” she added, referring to the reality series on Bravo.

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos touted the pact as a chance to “reimagine” the genre. The company did not offer details about the format for the Handler show.

“The Internet has disrupted many of the conventions of traditional television and together with Chelsea Handler, Netflix is looking forward to reimagining the latenight talk show for the on-demand generation, starting with the latenight part.”

He added, “Chelsea has built a huge following on tour, on nightly TV and through her bestselling books, and we can’t wait to introduce her breathtakingly honest and irreverent voice to our global membership.”

With its originals strategy, Netflix initially skewed more toward dramas like “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black,” while it revived cult-fave sitcom “Arrested Development” for a fourth season last year.

The subscription VOD leader now is adding more laffers to the mix, which include half-hour comedy series “Grace and Frankie” starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, slated to hit in summer 2015, and “BoJack Horseman,” an animated adult-themed show voiced by Will Arnett and Aaron Paul to debuts this August.

Netflix also has licensed standup specials from Aziz Ansari (NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”) and Canadian comic Russell Peters.

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  1. She says:

    Love it, I DVR her show and watch before I go to work in the morning..shes funny and talented. Netflix is great–House of Cards and Orange is the new Black are both the best shows around!!

  2. Lester says:

    Handler haters need to go on YouTube and watch her Live Talks interview, moderated by Gwyneth Paltrow. Handler made it clear that she doesn’t want to talk about celebrities anymore. Glad she’s doing the docu-comedy specials and tackling topics that have a little more depth. Go watch it. You’ll see that she’s a billion times smarter, sharper, and surprisingly nicer than everyone thinks.

  3. sammyglick says:

    Talentless HACK!

    • cxg says:

      Making millions and millions of dollars off an adoring fan base of millions. Her shows sell out across the country.

      • Sarah Palin does the same thing. Look at how idiotic she is. Your claim actually says more about her ability to emulate the fictional ‘pied piper’ than it does about her intellectual attributes.

  4. Steve says:

    She has a dark heart.

    • A Fan says:

      No, not a dark heart. Ms. Handler calls it like she sees it; she gnaws away at showbiz/political stupidity (and there’s lots of fodder for her to comment on and disdain). Acerbic? You bet. Smart? For sure!! I was hoping she’d be offered Craig Ferguson’s spot next year…p’haps the networks are afraid of her and that hilarious no-holds-barred mouth.

    • cxg says:

      Chelsea is actually very kind. She takes care of her friends and family, financially and through opportunities from her own success. She also donates to various causes such as AIDS charities. And her dogs have to be the best treated dogs in the world.

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