Netflix isn’t slowing down on their quest for more original content. After the successes of House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and the upcoming four Marvel superhero series Netflix is also looking to conquer comedy and late night.
Chelsea Handler signed a deal with Netflix that will reportedly include a stand-up performance, four “docu-comedy” specials and a late night show. The late night show will premiere in 2016.
In her statement to the press Handler said, “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.”
It’s interesting that Handler looked to Netflix over HBO or Showtime – who certainly wouldn’t shy away from her blunt and sometimes controversial style of humor. It’s possible she might have found much more creative control at Netflix.
For the last several years Handler has had a late night show on the E Network Chelsea Lately. There is no word yet if any of the actors and comedians who had recurring roles on Chelsea Lately will be appearing on her new Netflix endeavor. One thing is for sure though – if Handler thinks Netflix isn’t doing a good job she likely won’t be shy about talking about it. Handler was very vocal about her dissatisfaction with E and did not attempt to renew her contract when it expired.