After months of speculation, Chelsea Handler landed at Netflix. The comedian, who’s leaving E!’s Chelsea Lately in August, signed a deal with the streaming service for a stand-up special, docu-comedy specials and a talk show to debut in early 2016. ”I’m more excited than I’ve been in a while,” said Handler, who told Howard Stern in March she’d be interested in moving to Netflix. “The team at Netflix is the most forward thinking, alert group I’ve sat down with in ages,” added Handler, “no offense to the Shahs of Sunset.”
via Cynopsis – http://www.cynopsis.com/story/chelsea-handlers-new-talk-show-finds-home-netflix/
I’ve read some articles wondering if the “late night” show host gig would fail on Netflix. Let me be among those hailing the decision, and there’s three things I’d like to point out. First, there have been before but are currently no female late night hosts except for Handler so there is more than enough space in the market. (I guess Wanda Sykes was busy? I still mourn about her short lived late night show.)
Secondly, those that say the late night format depends on it being nighttime and therefore if not presented at night it won’t be watched are seriously underestimating the unconscious power that a lifetime of programmed television has instilled in all of us. We will know what time to watch the show. They are also completely discounting the millions of views that Jimmy Fallon has on YouTube. Collectively about 3.5 million. The lack of a censor and outside advertisers allows for so much more than simply watching content anytime.
I’m sorry Vulture, but I just have to point out how silly you sound. I didn’t want to do this but it’s just too much to pass up. “Netflix has had quite a run with House of Cards, Arrested Development, andOrange Is the New Black, not to mention what it’s done with non-original, licensed content, but I fear it has reached the outer limit of its model.” Come on, seriously? That’s like saying, “I know we’ve made a lot of money, but we have enough and we should stop now.” Or, “I know we’ve made bread, but do we really need to slice it for people?” This may be the first time I’ve heard a ridiculously successful track record be used as the case that the next venture is sure to fail.
Lastly, many people have “cut the cord” and can only watch these late night shows after the fact anyway, and only what’s posted on YouTube or other services. Netflix knows this because they have largely caused this by disrupting the business model in the first place. So they are filling a void, in more ways than one. I’m sure they could have found a middle aged white guy with a tummy to do this, but did they? No! Because they want a sarcastic, big name, beautiful and snarky woman to do the job, as only she can.
I can’t wait to see what they come up with, and how the medium that is already in flux continues to transform.