File under mixed emotions: Chelsea Handler, the only female late-night show host, is moving her show to Netflix. Hooray, Chelsea will live on the small screen after she exits E! And the deal looks good! She’s slated to release a stand-up special, four docu-comedy shows, and start producing a new talk show for the streaming service. BUT! The talk show isn’t scheduled to debut until 2016, and talking about that now kind of feels like talking about President Hillary coming to take everyone’s guns away: sure, it’s feels inevitable, but do we have to keep talking about it for two years until it happens?
Jacob Clifton over on Morning After reminded the world about how Kathy Griffin made almost this identical deal with the Bravo network and it fell flat – and it’s true. Which bums me out. However, I loves me some Jacob. This is what he says:
Listen, Netflix makes no sense. Binge watching is a profit-motivated delivery system that maximizes buzz and long-tail profits by leveraging American laziness and lack of willpower. Nobody loses (except for our memory of the art we have just seen). Is it the future? Absolutely. But what does the Netflix model—streaming, binge-watching, everything on-demand—have to do with Chelsea Handler’s whole thing?
“I can’t wait to go home and watch a bunch of Chelsea Handler talking shit about celebrities that I don’t even remember who they are,” you’ll be saying, from your Wall*E-style chair that is also a bed and also a Jazzy scooter. “Won’t it be amazing to revisit memories I never formed about minor guest stars on forgotten Kardashian spinoffs? I’m so glad I got this Xbox One or other media-streaming device to watch Chelsea Handler with. I bet she really went to town, in the past which is my immediate future.”
Netflix, looking only forward, is pumped. The Wrap reported: “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,” said Netflix’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, in a statement.
Handler will produce the Netflix projects via her production company Borderline Amazing alongside partners Tom Brunelle and Brad Wollack.
“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.
“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.”
If you’re super cool, you already have tickets to Handler’s Chicago show at the Harris Theater tonight, June 20th, during which she’ll tape the first of her Netflix shows. It’s based on her latest book, “Uganda Be Kidding Me,” and it will start streaming on October 10th.
Handler’s show will wrap up on E! by August 26, though she’ll stick around the network to keep producing her near-companion pop culture chat show Hello Ross!.