Netflix is dipping its toes into talk shows!
After much speculation, the rumors are true. Chelsea Handler is leaving the E! Network for Netflix.
The network announced that Handler will host a late night style talk show host.
Up until now, Netflix has only streamed original series in their entirety, not talks shows on a day-by-day basis. This new platform might have been what attracted Handler to the network. She hosted Chelsea Lately on E! news for seven years, but announced her resignation this year admitting she needed something fresh.
According to the NYTimes, Karen Barragan, a Netflix spokesperson, explained that there wasn’t a scheduling plan for the show yet, but that it would be a “topical talk show” that would not follow the typical Netflix platform of posting all episodes at once.
The currently-untitled show will “feature an updated format that still encompasses Chelsea’s unfiltered opinions on topical entertainment and cultural issues, as well as her signature guest interviews,” Netflix said.
In a statement released by Handler she explains, “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 in a statement. “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.”
Unfortunately for Handler fans, they’ll have to wait a little before they can start tuning into her new show. Netflix announced early 2016 as the date for the talk show to start streaming.
But no worries. Starting Oct. 10, Netflix will air Handler’s “Uganda Be Kidding” stand-up comedy as a special. They have also signed on for four docu-comedy specials to air right after.
It seems like becoming the only female late night host in a world dominated by men has been successful for Handler. This new deal with Netflix pretty much sets her up as the face of Netflix Talk Shows, a new medium they I’m sure they will explore a lot more with the popularity of late night talk shows on the rise. With this move Netflix has really upped its game and revolutionized the future of late night talk shows.
Handler did not end this on a good note with the E! Network, bashing them on a recent interview with The Howard Stern Show. She called the network a failure and “a sad, sad, place to live.” E!’s response? Of course that Handlers ratings were dropping steadily and the end of Chelsea Lately was a beneficial move for both parties. We might never know the truth and we don’t care. We now have more reasons to keep our Netflix subscription! As long as we have Chelsea, we’re good!
The final Chelsea Lately episode will air August 26 on E!
Photo Credit: E! Network/ Chelsea Handler
Where to Watch Bob Saget’s Comedy Specials and Hit TV Shows
The nation is mourning the death of Bob Saget, who passed away suddenly at the age of 65.
Pluto TV is honoring the unforgettable comedian and actor who changed television forever with a programming block that includes some of his biggest comedy special.
And you can watch them for free!
Starting today (1/10) at 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT today, Pluto TV will play back-to-back programming featuring Saget, which includes:
- Bob Saget: That’s What I’m Talking About
- Bob Saget: Zero to Sixty
- The Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget
- The Aristocrats
The specials will also air again tomorrow beginning at 7pm ET/4pm PT, also on the Stand-Up TV channel.
You can also tap into some of Saget’s biggest TV shows!
The beloved family sitcom, Full House, that made Saget a household name as America’s TV dad, Danny Tanner, can be streamed at HBO Max, the reboot Fuller House is available on Netflix, the seasons he hosted of America’s Funniest Home Video can be streamed on Amazon, How I Met Your Mother which Saget narrated can be streamed on Hulu, while Entourage is available on HBO Max.
‘Full House’ Actor Bob Saget Found Dead at 65
America’s TV dad Bob Saget has died.
He was 65.
According to TMZ, the actor was found by security in his hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando.
A cause of death is currently unknown.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department confirmed the death. They confirmed that detectives did not find drugs or foul play as a cause.
Saget was best known for playing Danny Tanner on Full House and Fuller House.
9 Shows That Need to Be On Your Radar for 2022
It was bittersweet saying goodbye to plenty of shows in 2021, but the plus side is that it made room for a handful of new shows that are gearing up for their highly-anticipated premieres.
There are plenty of shows that we’re excited about, but since it’s too much for anyone person to take in, we’ve condensed it to a list including the best of the best.
These are all the shows already garnering and generating buzz in 2022 — even before they’ve premiered.
Check out our list of shows (mostly new, but also a few final seasons) that should be on your radar:
How I Met Your Father – Hulu
Fans of How I Met Your Mother can re-live all the magic with a new group of friends with Hilary Duff at the helm. It’s also giving us some Younger vibes, so call it the best of both worlds.
The gender-reversed comedy premieres Tuesday, Jan. 18 with the first two episodes and then on a weekly basis.
House of the Dragon – HBO Max
Even if the final season of “Game of Thrones” left a bad taste in your mouth, don’t worry, the prequel is here to serve as a palate cleanser. Set 200 years before GOT, it’s based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood and focuses on the a civil war within House Targaryen. There is no premiere date as of yet, but that hasn’t stopped us from holding our breath.
BEL-AIR – Peacock
Revivals get a bad rap, but they aren’t always terrible. We’ve seen success with Saved by the Bell and Roswell, so fingers-crossed that Bel-Air, a comedy reimagined as an hour-long drama, will deliver in the same way. Will Smith has signed on for the project alongside the original creators. Jabari Banks stars as Will, a young man who moves into the gated mansion of Bel-Air in modern-day America, and explores plenty of conflicts and biases. It has been picked up for two seasons prior to the premiere on Sunday, Feb. 13 with the first two episodes and then weekly episodes.
Ozark – Netflix (Fourth and final season)
We’re crossing the finish line on Ozark this year, which is arguably a good thing because I don’t know how much more my nerves could handle. And the end is likely something the Byrde family definitely wants after getting too wrapped up in a messy situation with the Mexican cartel. Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, and Julia Gardner all make this series an intoxicating binge from beginning to end, even if the fourth and final season is split up into two parts with the first half arriving on Netflix on January 21.
Disney+ saw massive success with their Marvel shows, so it’s not a surprise that there’s a palpable excitement for She-Hulk starring Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany, a lawyer who has one small favor to ask: don’t make her angry. She’s the less-angry-but-just-as-green cousin of Bruce Banner, the Hulk, played by Mark Ruffalo, who is expected to make an appearance. No premiere date has been announced yet.
Inventing Anna – Netflix
Shonda Rhines is making her mark on Netflix with a series based on the true and shocking story of fashionable grifter Anna Delvey who faked being a German heiress to scam New York New Yorker’s into thinking she was a German heiress. Ozark’s secret weapon, Julia Gardner, works miracles as Delvey. The cast also stars Scandal’s Katie Lowes and Orange is the New Black’s Laverne Cox. This is a can’t miss limited series that hits Netflix on February 11.
Lord of the Rings – Amazon Prime
This is a big one for fans of the LOTR films! The television adaptation is a prequel set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and features an ensemble cast — both new and familiar — as they confront an evil unlike ever before in the Second Middle Age. It will make its mark on Amazon Prime on September 22.
Stranger Things – Netflix
We’ve paid our dues waiting to catch up with the residents of Hawkins, Indiana. Only this time, the action will take us to California and Soviet Russia (because, yes, Hopper is alive — spoiler) as the group of friends tries to stop the supernatural entities of the Upside Down once and for all. A premiere date (for the fourth and possible final season) announcement is likely on the horizon, but our money is on late spring or early summer. After all, we’ve waited long enough!
Obi-Wan Kenobi – Disney+
Disney and Star Wars go hand-in-hand, and with the success of the recent The Book of Boba Fett and The Mandalorian, it only makes sense that they would dive into Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi. The series is set a decade after the events of Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith. In a real treat, Ewan McGregor will reprise the titular role, while Hayden Christensen will return as Darth Vader. No premiere date has been announced.
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