Netflix is getting into the talk show business by signing a pact with Chelsea Handler.
The streaming service says the show will “revolutionise” the talk show genre, and is billing it as a first of its kind for “the global on-demand generation”.
It is set for all Netflix territories in 2016, and will see Handler – best known for her popular E! show Chelsea Lately – interviewing signature guests and offering “unfiltered” opinions on topical entertainment.
Further to the deal, Netflix will also premiere a one-hour live stand-up performance from Handler based on her Uganda Be Kidding Me tour. This will tape at the Harris Theatre in Chicago tomorrow night, and debut on Netflix on October 10.
In 2015, Handler will create four exclusive Netflix docu-comedy specials chronicling her attempts to better understand NASCAR racing, Silicon Valley’s tech community, politics and the NBA baskeball draft.
Handler will produce each show, including the talker and the stand-up special, through her Borderline Amazing Productions imprint along with partners Tom Brunelle and Brad Wollack.
For Netflix, the move marks the first time it has tackled the talk show genre, which is hugely ppoular in the US.
“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 chief content officer Ted Sarandos.
“If I was going to continue working in this industry, I knew I had to do something outside the box to keep myself interested,” said Handler. “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.”