We already knew Chelsea Handler’s E! show Chelsea Lately would be ending this August, but her plans after that weren’t so clear yet. People have been wondering if she’d break into the network TV scene, or if she’d stick to cable to be able continue with her raunchy humor. Turns out neither of those is the answer, since she’s just signed a deal for a talk show on Netflix streaming to premiere in 2016. Until then, Chelsea will also produce four “docu-comedy specials” and a stand-up act for Netflix.
That’s right. A talk show on Netflix. It’s not clear whether it would be daily or weekly, but weekly apparently will be more likely. My initial reaction to this news, and I’m sure I’m not the only one, was “Hmmm… that’s… interesting.” That doesn’t even have to do with the fact that I have a complicated “What is my opinion of you?” relationship with Chelsea. It has to do with the fact that a Netflix talk show is just a weird concept to me. Netflix isn’t like regular TV, and that’s why I love it so much. I can catch up on shows whenever I feel like it, preferably all at once and while eating cookies. But talk shows are topical, and they air one at a time, and I usually don’t even care what happens on them after a day or two. How will that work on a site that’s known for dropping their series all at once and letting us pounce like hungry animals?
In a press release, Chelsea said she wanted to do something “outside the box” this time around:
“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 Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos added that Netflix “is looking forward to reimagining the late night talk show for the on-demand generation, starting with the late night part .” Hmm. Hmm hmm hmm. I’m still not sure, but maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised. I mean, the Internet already has plenty of regular web series (including talk shows) and podcasts, so what’s so different about this? Is it just my binge-watcher spirit clouding my judgment? We shall see.