Chelsea Handler talks Netflix docs

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Chelsea Handler admits to a fascination with Rachel Dolezal.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Chelsea Handler’s Netflix deal includes last fall’s standup special, a talk show due next year and, before then, four Chelsea Does documentaries covering marriage, racism, drugs and Silicon Valley. LOS ANGELES — Chelsea Handler has a bone to pick with Elon Musk, and she planned to do so when filming her upcoming Netflix documentary about Silicon Valley.Sitting solo on stage at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour Tuesday to tease her four docu-comedy specials and a not-yet-defined late night talk show, Handler opened up about her at-times controversial image, the comment that really irked her (here’s looking at you, Michael Eisner) and the extend to which she’s enjoyed being out of the daily grind.

And while she’s been vocal about her relief at having ended her E! network talk show, the story surrounding Dolezal, the former NAACP chapter president accused of pretending to be black, is one that caught her attention. Handler’s Netflix talk show will launch in 2016. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) (Jordan Strauss/Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) “Chelsea Lately” aired for seven seasons. What the famously unfiltered comedian remained remarkably reserved about during her time before the press, however, was her E! tenure, which ended in an abrupt and ugly manner in the summer of last year.

On Tuesday afternoon, the comedienne was asked about her exit and noted that she has no interest in further discussing E! as she’s not a person who “wallows.” “It was a great, fun time for me. Netflix, which aired a fourth season of the show in 2013, is planning to bring the cast, including Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi and Will Arnett together for more episodes, but Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos says the sticking point seems to be coordinating their busy schedules. “We are plugging along,” he said. “It’s a very long complex deal to make for these guys because the talent is very busy and working on other shows, but also because the show is owned by Fox.” At the event, Tina Fey touched on the intersection of politics and entertainment this year, saying Donald Trump’s run for president is “great for comedy.” “I’m sure ‘Saturday Night Live’ wishes they were on the air right now,” Fey said during a panel discussion at the summer Television Critics Association Meeting. “I’m sure next year at this time you’ll be doing a panel with Darrell Hammond (the former ‘SNL’ cast member who does an impression of Trump).” Fey was head writer and a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” before she went on to star in NBC’s “30 Rock.” Now she’s a co-creator and executive producer of the Netflix series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Stephen Colbert, whose hosting reign of “The Late Show” doesn’t begin until September, recently posted a video on the show’s YouTube channel, mocking Trumps announcement to run for president. I don’t understand how it works. … I can barely use the things in my house,” she said, raising a question. “Is (technology) making our lives easier or harder?” The documentaries were a learning experience – especially the technology project. “I was calling it Silicone Valley.

I might actually rip him a new one because my Tesla is acting a little funky.” “It just doesn’t get me to the right place at the right time when it says,” Handler says. “Listen, this is supposed to be the best car in the world. After seven seasons of “Chelsea Lately!” on E!, the 40-year-old funnywoman said she “had to get her brain working again.” She struck a deal last year with Netflix to launch a new, as yet determined talk show that is expected to debut next year. Her new deal with Netflix has her first hosting four documentaries in which she explores and tries to better understand marriage, racism, technology and drugs. “I’m not looking to do a nightly talk show again, that was never my intent.

Marvel series’ will be supplemented with new content featuring the Defenders, an Avengers-like group whose characters include Jones, Daredevil, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. The deal generated headlines because it came amid Handler’s jabs at her former employer and at a time when the next generation of broadcast’s late-night hosts was being decided. “I was approached about network jobs,” Handler said. “I was never interested in taking somebody else’s job. Still, she used the platform to justify her prior digs, noting that they were about her talking honestly about how she felt, which has long been core to her brand. All four will join forces in a combined “Defenders” season after each has been introduced with its own first season. “Daredevil,” which premiered this spring, has been picked up for a second season.

She added with a big smile, “That’s the good thing about me – I’m always telling the truth.” Instead, Handler suggested she had been very ready to move on and that she’s very much enjoying being removed from the daily news grind for the time being. (She didn’t take the bait for a Cosby or Trump joke during the panel.) In fact, she insists she’s not been paying too much attention to the current news cycle, though she copped to catching Eisner’s remarks about how it’s “impossible to find” beautiful females who are also funny. He will appear in season 2 of “Daredevil.” “There’s no real policy,” Netflix content head Ted Sarandos told a panel of journalists Tuesday. “There’s no ‘a show has to check off these boxes to make it.’” “Longmire,” starring Robert Taylor and Katee Sackhoff, was canceled in 2014 after three seasons. Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, who announced he was stepping down in June. “We’re having meetings creatively all the time about what I want to do and what I don’t want to do,” she said, declining to give too many specifics. “I don’t want to promise you something that’s not going to end up happening.” It’s a great entree into Netflix-world.” Handler said that once editing commences on those documentary specials, focus will shift to the identity of her talk show for the video streaming site.

It’s just such a stupid notion,” she said, launching into a more thoughtful rant about how she’s witnessed how it can be hard for men to celebrate funny, pretty women: “I think men a lot of times like to celebrate less attractive women who are funny. Pretty girls come along and they’re a little more threatened.” As for Handler’s forthcoming Netflix fare, she said she’s has been squarely focused on her four feature-length doc specials: Chelsea Does Marriage, Chelsea Does Racism, Chelsea Does Silicon Valley and Chelsea Does Drugs. If Handler, known for her biting and crude wit, seems a lot happier in her current work situation, it’s because she’s been at the wheel more than she was in the past. “I think Netflix is very well known for letting talent drive its own car,” Handler said. “They get onboard with you and give you the structure that you need, but they let you drive. The latter will include a pot-filled dinner party and a trip to Peru where the comic will do Ayahuasca on camera, but it’s the one about Silicon Valley that has her most engaged. “I don’t even known what streaming is,” she joked, noting that she’ll explore her luddite tendencies as well as her frustrations with technology in the special.

Sandler, whose latest movie, “Pixels,” pulled in $24-million in the U.S. in its first weekend — less than analysts expected — stars in “The Ridiculous Six,” which premieres on Dec. 11 on the streaming site. It’s not an interesting job for me.I wanted to do something different,” she said. “It was never a very serious conversation.” Asked if there were any news topics in recent months that made her wish she had the talk-show commentary outlet, she said that former Spokane, Wash., NAACP official Rachel Dolezal, who was born to white parents but says she identifies as black, “was a very enjoyable story to watch.” She said it was “beyond ridiculous,” and so was the commentary about it.

Their notes are really respectful and open.” Though the TCA session focused on the four docs, Handler did offer up details on her new talkshow: It will premiere sometime next year, will be broader than “Lately” and, it will air at least twice per week. Directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville, the documentary will examine Richards’ musical influences and the genesis of his sound, and follow him as the 71-year-old Rolling Stone prepares for his first solo album in 23 years. “Under the Influence” will have both new and archival footage.

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