*Good news! Netflix is venturing into a new form of original TV programming for Internet streaming services.
Netflix hired Chelsea Handler to pioneer in streamed and original late-night talk show hosting.
Handler will be leaving her gig on E!, “Chelsea Lately,” behind at the end of the summer for this new opportunity of a late-night talk show.
The newly-formatted late-night talk show will premiere in early 2016.
Netflix shared in an announcement, the venture will be “an updated format that still encompasses Chelsea’s unfiltered opinions on topical entertainment and cultural issues, as well as her signature guest interviews.”
Also, Handler will have her own comedy special — debuting in October and a four-part series docu-comedy — premiering in 2015 and 2016.
“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 in a statement.
She added, “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.”
This new venture is another example of how the former DVD rental company is posing a threat to cable and broadcast TV as an Internet streaming service. It’s garnering its own original series for viewers to watch on demand and at their own convenience.
“The Internet has disrupted many of the conventions of traditional television and, together with Chelsea Handler, Netflix is looking forward to reimagining the late-night talk show for the on-demand generation, starting with the late-night part,” Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement.