Dear you: Chelsea Handler on her new Netflix show

The SVOD's first original talk show premieres May 11 and is the result of a content bundle deal with the edgy comedian.
March 18, 2016

Thinking about having a baby? Chelsea Handler says don’t — you might miss her new Netflix show.

That’s the advice the comedian/talk show host gave (to herself) in a recent Instagram post promoting her new Netflix show, simply titled Chelsea.

Chelsea will see Handler interviewing various pop-culture figures (no names have yet been announced, but Handler’s stated dream list includes Michelle Obama and Arnold Schwarzeneggar). It is scheduled to drop on the SVOD May 11. Unlike Netflix’s typical “binge-watching” style, Handler’s new show will follow a scheduled format, with new episodes going live every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The series will consist of 90 episodes in all.

Handler’s no stranger to Netflix — talks to produce the show have been underway for nearly two years. Following the end of Handler’s linear talk show, Chelsea Lately (which ran for seven years on E!), the SVOD negotiated a deal with Handler that would include the talk show, a stand-up special and the rights to Handler’s four-part documentary, Chelsea Does.

Chelsea Does became available on the SVOD in January and was met with mixed reviews, earning a 79% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 62% on Metacritic (Variety called it “fitfully compelling, occasionally infuriating” and “self-congratulatory”).

Chelsea marks Netflix’s first original talk show, which chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement is a “re-imagining of the late-night talk show for the on-demand generation.”

Here’s the announcement for my new show on Netflix. Dear You, This is your new show schedule, so if you’re thinking about having a baby– DON’T. Your new show will be on every WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, & FRIDAY on NETFLIX. 30 minutes / 3x a week / NO COMMERCIALS. -I know it’s hard for you, but waking up is a great way to start the day. – You’ll be traveling around the world and learning new things, all courtesy of NETFLIX. Treat this as an opportunity to get the college education you forgot to get. – Sign up for Netflix. – When interviewing respected public figures, ask yourself “What would Byron Allen do?” Then, do the opposite. – Once an episode is up and streaming on Netflix, it will be available until the end of time, so put a little more thought into what you say this time around. – Never give up on your dream guest list. 3. Michelle Obama 2. The Pope 1. Arnold Schwarzaneggar’s maid. – You’ll be streaming in 190 countries, so remember to keep a deeper, more culturally sensitive perspective. Especially towards the Germans, they’re still touchy about everything they did. – You wanted a new show, you got it. You wanted to be on Netflix, you are. You wanted to spread your wings, now FLY BITCH. PREMIERES MAY 11th P.S. It’s an election year. Good timing, girl. CHELSEA

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