More than anything else, Handler wanted to rewrite the rules of hosting a talk show.Some episodes feature her visiting far-flung locals like Russia or Tokyo, and some feature her having a dinner party talking about metaphysical subjects with an eclectic group of guests.As John Ferriter, who runs the management/production firm The Alternative, told us earlier this year, “I’m curious to see if her Netflix experiment works.Can she bring her audience back and get another audience, not being handcuffed the way she thought she was handcuffed at E!? It’s fertile ground.” READ MORE: Chelsea Handler Reveals Plans for New Netflix Series (And Now Has a Title) As for Netflix, the streaming service spent months devising a process to quickly dub “Chelsea” in 20 languages and find a way to turn around episodes quickly enough to distribute day-and-date across the globe.Handler told the crowd Wednesday during her keynote address at ‘s Entertainment and Technology Summit that she wound up laughing over her instinctive neediness in the early days after the show’s May 11 bow. The unconventional format of “Chelsea” allows Handler to pursue her interests and address “serious, important” stuff in a way that she couldn’t during her days on E!’s “Chelsea Lately.” “I look at this as the second part of my career.(The production team itself will take a week off during the Independence Day holiday, but will bank episodes in order to stick with all originals.) Among other changes to the talk show convention: There’s no monologue – a nod to the fact that “Chelsea” episodes will be taped at least a day before they air, and an acknowledgement that many Netflix viewers may binge multiple episodes months after they post.
Handler, Wolff and the show have an ambitious plan lined up for the rest of the year: They’ll continue to upload original episodes on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through the remaining part of 2016 without a break.“But we tried to evolve some of the conventions and make it a little different.” READ MORE: Chelsea Handler’s New Netflix Talk Show Gets Entertaining Motion Poster For First Look For example, the Wednesday premiere includes a discussion about education with Drew Barrymore, Pitbull and U. It’s an interesting mix of elements.” In the run-up to the premiere, Handler banked around 45 field pieces, shot all over the world, which will help the show get up and running.Early segments include Handler carrying a Donald Trump piñata through Mexico City and meeting with a group of polygamists.It’s a little bit more adult,” Handler told the crowd at the Four Seasons Los Angeles.“I definitely feel smarter and more accomplished and better about myself. I feel like there’s a strong message in being a single girl that’s chosen not to have a family, chosen not to be married and has chosen my career and am fulfilled by it.“While there are recognizable elements and a rhythm to the formatting, we don’t have commercials and don’t have a standard format filling in the blanks.Every time we produce a show, we build it from scratch.” Other upcoming guests include Gwyneth Paltrow, Tony Hale and TEDTalk founder Chris Anderson (Thursday); and the cast of “Captain America: Civil War” (Friday). Barbara Boxer and former White House speechwriter Jon Favreau are on the docket.Chelsea Handler hasn’t completely thrown out the talk show playbook. “Chelsea,” her new three-day-a-week Netflix talk show, premieres early Wednesday morning at am PT with a format that’s a bit of a hybrid between traditional late-night chat show, PBS’ interview roundtable “Charlie Rose” and her recent documentary series “Chelsea Does.” “It does not cast off every single convention of talk shows. “It is a talk show, and the interviews will be a big part of it,” Wolff said.There are guests and they sit down and speak,” said executive producer Bill Wolff, whose resume includes stints at MSNBC and ESPN. “But mixed in with her out-in-the-world experience and more standard Chelsea comedy bits.Part of the organizing principals of the show is, ‘let’s find material about which she is curious.Let’s put together a show about that.'” Indeed “Chelsea” is a complete departure from Handler’s E!