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Moving on: Netflix nabs Chelsea Handler for new talk show

Chelsea Handler gets a new talk show, four docu-comedy specials and an hour-long stand-up comedy performance from Netflix.

Chelsea Handler hasn’t wasted any time, has she? Back in April, Handler announced that she would be leaving E! at the end of her contract and saying goodbye to her show Chelsea Lately. Not to be outdone, the network turned around and said they were ending her contact early and shutting down the show in August.

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It’s been barely a month and Handler has already moved on to greener pastures. Netflix has announced that they have offered the comedian a contract that includes a new talk show set to go on the air in early 2016. Under the contract, Handler will also be creating four new docu-comedy specials. The specials will cover her exploration of a wide range of subjects, including politics, the NBA draft, NASCAR and Silicon Valley.

Not only that, but Netflix will also be premiering Handler’s first hour-long stand-up comedy performance on Oct. 10, 2014. The special will be based on her Uganda Be Kidding Me tour and will be taped June 20 at Chicago’s Harris Theater.

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It looks like Handler definitely got the better end of the deal and announced in a statement how happy she was with her choice.

“If I was going to continue working in this industry, I knew I had to do something outside the box to keep myself interested,” Handler said. “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.

“I’m more excited than I’ve been in a while, and the team at Netflix is the most forward-thinking, alert group I’ve sat down with in ages,” Handler also said in the statement.

Netflix has been making a name for itself with series like Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards, which fans eagerly binge-watch the moment they are released on the network. How will the network handle a talk show, which is traditionally done in a live TV format?

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In a statement, Netflix said that they are “looking forward to reimagining the late-night talk show,” which could mean that viewers are about to be introduced to a new type of talk show viewing experience.

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