Last month it was announced that Chelsea Handler had signed on to star in a new talk show for Netflix. Right now, all we know about Handler's show is that it's slated to premiere in October 2016 and will be the first series to be released at a specific time block on the streaming service. According to Business Insider, Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos recently addressed the company's intentions with Handler's show, which will be heavily influenced by the changing ways people watch late night shows today:
"People are not watching scripted programming the way they used to. They're also not watching these late-night talk shows [...]
Not long after CBS denied they were in serious talks with Chelsea Handler for a potential late night talk show, the New York Post reports that the Chelsea Lately host has reached a deal with Netflix for a show, though the format has "yet to be decided." Variety, however, reports from another anonymous source that "the talks were early and that nothing official had been signed" as of last week, though Handler has been very vocal since announcing her forthcoming E! departure that she'd love to take her show to the streaming service either as a late night-style series or taped version of a Sirius [...]
Last week it was announced that Chelsea Handler is planning to leave E! after her contract expires at the end of the year, and according to The Wrap, the Chelsea Lately host now has her sights set on the coveted Late Show gig. According to the report, while Handler's initial plan was to have a Sirius XM radio show with a taped version available on Netflix, she's also been in in talks with CBS to join their late night lineup for a while now — first on a syndicated show and then for Craig Ferguson's 12:30 am slot. Since Letterman's retirement announcement, however, Handler reportedly wants [...]
"There is no more Johnny Carson. There’s so many people that are just barely passable as talk-show hosts. Are you going to lock up Chelsea Handler? I shouldn't really say that 'cause I'm always trying to get on her show. But whatever."
-Sandra Bernhard to The NY Times in a piece revisiting Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy upon its 30th anniversary. She doesn't feel somebody would want to kidnap and lock up Chelsea Handler so that they could host her show like how Robert De Niro's character locked up a Johnny Carson surrogate and hosted his show.
Kevin Hart is currently killing it. He's one of the biggest stand-ups working, he's getting tons of movie roles, and last night he was asked to sub for Chelsea Handler as the host of Chelsea Lately. Yet, despite all of this grown-up success, he still maintains a child-like fear of dolphins. As you can see below, as soon as Joy Bryant brought up the ocean, he couldn't wait to bring up his grudge against dolphins. It's pretty impassioned. It's ruined his appreciation of almost 50% of lower back tattoos. Dolphins, however, have remained eerily silent thus far about what they think of Hart.