Netflix Announces Chelsea Handler Docu-Series, ‘Chelsea Does’
After Chelsea Lately ended its seven-year stint on E! back in August of 2014, late-night television arguably became a lot less funny and certainly a lot less raunchy. What would Americans do now that Chelsea Handler wouldn't be on-air talking about her "pikachu" (her delightful term for her ladybits) or fawning over her "nugget" Chuy Bravo?
Well, fear not, because Chelsea Handler will be back onscreen, albeit in a slightly different format. Since leaving E!, Handler has signed a deal with Netflix, and the streaming service announced on Wednesday that it will debut a four-part documentary series hosted by Handler called Chelsea Does (via Variety).
Chelsea Does, which is set to debut in January, was directed by Eddie Schmidt and produced by Morgan Neville, and it will be comprised of four separate-yet-related "introspective" films that, according to Variety, will feature "Handler exploring a range of subjects...from marriage to drugs, and...racism to Silicon Valley."
Although this four-part documentary series is part of the deal Handler signed with Netflix back in 2014, it is separate from her forthcoming talk show (set to air sometime in 2016) with the streaming service, specific details of which are still unknown. The talk show, however, will mark Netflix's first foray into news-oriented original programming and will most likely air a few times a week rather than daily (as Chelsea Lately did).
On her move from cable to Netflix, Handler had this to say: "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 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" (via Variety).
Handler has also said that working with Netflix has her "more excited than I've been in a while." She went on to praise the online streaming service as "the most forward thinking, alert group I've sat down with in ages. No offense to ‘Shahs of Sunset’ [one of E!'s many reality programs]."
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