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E! will clear its decks Friday to devote a full day of programming to Joan Rivers, the network just announced. It's been dubbed "Joan Day," and the news release does indicate All-Joan-all-the-time. It starts at 7 a.m.
To the news release:
E!’s “Joan Day” programming will include an all-day marathon that showcases some of Joan’s best jokes from “Fashion Police” beginning at...Read more »
If you can judge a book by its cover or a TV series by its trailer, then "Kourtney and Khloé Take The Hamptons" -- arriving in November -- appears to be as ferociously and unapologetically vacuous as even the worst of worst case scenarios might have imagined -- only worse.
Unless you are the biggest "K&K" fan on the planet in which case -- bravo! This is absolutely brilliant! But take...Read more »
And let the on-air tributes begin: E! has one on the runway now -- "Joan Rivers: Celebrating an Icon" that arrives Friday at 9.
All the details here:
"Through her quick wit and no-holds-barred style, Joan Rivers revolutionized comedy, broke through barriers as no woman before or since, and sustained a successful career spanning more than five decades. Joan found humor in everything,...Read more »
Yup, it's time to move on for Chelsea Handler, who wants to drink and get her groove on --- or words to that effect.
The late night E! talk show host -- seven years vintage! -- wrapped her run Tuesday night with the help of 30, maybe more, celebrities who visited for a one-hour special edition to tell her why this was in fact so special, or not.
But it all wrapped with this: A group "We are the World" sing-along.
This is how it wrapped, and now you too can say you were there to experience a little bit of late night TV history.
Chelsea Handler, who will exit her late-night talker on E! later this summer, will launch a talk show on Netflix in 2016, both Handler and the streaming service have separately announced. In addition, Handler's new show will be preceeded by a series of concert specials, the first to appear this October.
Handler's statement: “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. I’m more excited than I’ve been in awhile, and the team at Netflix is the most forward thinking, alert group I’ve sat down with in ages. No offense to the Shahs Of Sunset."
Few, in fact, no details were offered about the new show, and instead this line was the only real light shed in the news release from Netflix:
"The new talk show will feature an updated format that still encompasses Chelsea’s unfiltered opinions on topical entertainment and cultural issues, as well as her signature guest interviews."
This, of course, could mean anything but it also seems to suggest that any standard definition of the talk show, or at least late-night talk show, essentially falls by the wayside here. Netflix isn't about "late night" or "daytime." It's about anytime. Nevertheless, subscribers would still have to know when it "airs" -- wrong word, but in a pinch it will do -- and because that word "topical" is so prominent here, the series must surely be tied to a day-in-date presentation, otherwise, topicality goes out the window.
Meanwhile, let the term "game-changer" fly, because this is indeed a game-changer. Over the last seven years, Handler -- raunchy, rude and undeniably amusing -- carved out a genuine fan base from one of the toughest parts of the broadcast day. She was inserted -- and inserted herself -- into the big conversations about late-night future, and the questions that have surrounded those until lately: Who would replace David Letterman or Craig Ferguson? And her departure from E! is big news too. E! at the moment is struggling big-time with its linchpin series, "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," now in its ninth season (or season 9B, in K terminology), which has seen ratings plummet since its spring return.
But this story isn't about Kourtney and Lamar -- it's about Netflix and Handler and how the business of watching TV has once again changed dramatically, or to offer the take of Netflix's "chief content officer," Ted Sarandos: “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….”
"Chelsea Lately" -- E!'s long-running (or long-running for E!) late-nighter -- will end Aug. 26, the network announced a little while ago. And what's next for the host? Let the guesses flower, but if we are to take Chelsea Handler at her word -- and there's no reason why we shouldn't -- then the next stop is nowhere, at least on TV.
Nevertheless, the Handler exit has been a mystery -- precipitated...Read more »