With only two months of the “Chelsea Lately” show remaining before the end of its seven-year run on E!, Chelsea Handler’s fans wondered what would be coming next for the sharp-tongued comedienne. But the announcement of her deal with Netflix is raising more eyebrows than settling doubts.

The subscription streaming video service announced on June 17 that they would continue to expand their original offerings – which include a multi-tiered deal with Handler. The new agreement features, at its center, a brand new talk show starring Handler, set to start in early 2016.

The deal also includes a new stand-up special premiering in October and four “docu-comedy” specials in 2015. According to HitFix, this last set of specials will find Handler trying to gain a better understanding of things like NASCAR, politics, and Silicon Valley.

While Netflix’s press release didn’t divulge the specifics of the upcoming late-night talk show, the network mentioned that it “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.”

In an official statement after signing the deal, Handler expressed her excitement at working with the Netflix team, which is “the most forward thinking, alert group [she’s] sat down with in ages.” She added, “If I was going to continue working in this industry, I knew I had to do something outside the box to keep myself interested.”

But industry bigwigs are sceptical that a talk show will be effective on the Netflix platform, which – according to Vanity Fair – is famous for the “binge-watching” model of dumping an entire series online at once.

While this new arrangement may demand more on Chelsea’s personality, Vanity Fair notes that Netflix seems to be “betting on the idea that women, especially funny women, can be a bigger draw than the mainstream networks [where Stephen Colbert and Jimmys Fallon and Kimmel dominate] give them credit for.”

Source: HitFix
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