VOD service Netflix has signed up comedian Chelsea Handler (pictured) for an on-demand talk show, debuting in early 2016, along with with four “docu-comedy” specials, which will launch next year.
The talk show – Netflix’s first – will feature an “updated format” that “still encompasses Chelsea’s unfiltered opinions on topical entertainment and cultural issues, as well as her signature guest interviews,” according to the digital platform.
Before that, however, the docu-comedy specials will next year see Handler, the star of Chelsea Lately, attempting to gain a better understanding on a variety of subjects, ranging from NASCAR topolitics and the NBA draft, to Silicon Valley.
She will produce the docu-comedy specials and talk show, along with a stand-up special, with her partners at Borderline Amazing, Tom Brunelle and Brad Wollack.
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said: “The internet has disrupted many of the conventions of traditional television and together with Chelsea Handler, Netflix is looking forward to re-imagining the late night talk show for the on-demand generation, starting with the late night part.”
Handler added: “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 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.”