Chelsea Handler is Creating a Talk Show with Netflix

Chelsea Handler is leaving traditional television behind. According to CNN, she is currently developing a brand new talk show, available exclusively on Netflix.

The new show is planned to start in early 2016 and will be available in all of Netflix’s regions. For now, all we really know about the content of this new show is that it will cover “topical entertainment and cultural issues, as well as [Handler’s] signature guest interviews.”

While I don’t normally care about late night talk shows, this is big news for the streaming service. Previously, the only shows Netflix has produced has been “traditional” programming. The service’s distribution may have been all in one quick burst, but they’ve stuck pretty closely to the typical “wait for next season” style of storytelling. A talk show is a different story. It has to be fresh and new, meaning that they need to be produced quickly. At the very least, this should shake up Netflix’s production schedule.

The final episode of Handler’s current show, Chelsea Lately, will air on the E! network on August 26th. That should give her plenty of time to create something fresh and interesting for Netflix in 2016.

Anyway, here she is having a naked fight with Conan O’Brien in the shower: