Chelsea Handler is set to revolutionize the talk show industry.
The comedian, who will wrap up her E! talk show on August 26, has signed a deal with Netflix that is comprised of three parts:
- A one-hour stand-up special, based on her sold-out tour, "Uganda Be Kidding Me" on October 10.
- Four new docu-comedy specials that feature Handler going on topics that range from NASCAR to politics; from Silicon Valley to the NBA draft.
- A talk show that debuts in early 2016 and which viewers can call up via Netflix at any time.
Said Handler via statement:
"If I was going to continue working in this industry, I knew I had to do something outside the box to keep myself interested. 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."
Netflix, of course, has established itself as a go-to company thanks to breakout hits House of Cards and Orange is the New Black.
Added Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos:
"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...
"Chelsea has built a huge following on tour, on nightly TV and through her best-selling books, and we can’t wait to introduce her breathtakingly honest and irreverent voice to our global membership."