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Netflix taps Chelsea Handler for talk show, specials

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.
June 19, 2014

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.”

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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