After almost six months since Chelsea Handler first agreed to work with Netflix, the much-anticipated docu-series Chelsea Does is quickly reaching its Netflix premiere date on Jan. 23. However, this past Monday on Dec. 7, Netflix made the exciting announcement that the show will actually be making its true debut at the 2016 Sundance Film festival on Jan. 22 (just one day before the show’s worldwide Netflix premiere).
In July 2015 Handler, American comedian, stress, author, television host and producer made a mega-deal with Netflix for the year 2016. Handler agreed to a live concert special, a talk show and a docu-series titled Chelsea Does, which is made up of four feature-length documentaries that will explore four topics: marriage, racism, technology and drugs. Chelsea Does is executive produced by Handler (who is best-known as the popular host of the Chelsea Lately on E! from 2007-2014) along with documentary film veterans Eddie Schmidt (Oscar-nominated for Twist of Fate) and Morgan Neville (Oscar winner for 20 Feet from Stardom). Schmidt will also be serving as director of the four docu-films (titled Chelsea does Marriage, Chelsea Does Racism, Chelsea Does Silicon Valley and Chelsea Does Drugs) that follow the provocative comedian as she fearlessly examines these taboo topics without fear her.
Handler left E! with a bang in Aug. 2014, making headlines for slamming the cable network on her way out. When asked about her decision to call it quits with E! Handler made it clear that she had no interest in further discussing the network, as she’s “not a person who wallows.” Instead, Handler focused on the positive results she believes her departure will bring. She describes her time on E! as “…a great, fun time for me.” She adds, “[but] It wasn’t a place I where I wanted to live for a long time.” On when discussing her move from cable television to Netflix, she explained her choice was made because “because I had to get my brain working again…it’s the difference between playing with kids on the playground or being in a really well-respected college.” Handler describes the release of the four documentaries of Chelsea Does as an exciting new experience different from any other type of work she has done before. After months of working with the video streaming service, Handler has only positive things to say about her experience thus far. She explains how working with Netflix has brought her to a new level: “You respect their opinion,” she begins. “It’s so important to be in a job where they’re smarter than me. Their notes are really respectful and open.”
When asked to describe Chelsea Does, Handler—rather than going into specifics on the docu-series—offers a very brief but promising answer: “We’ll be in your face…don’t worry.”
…And knowing Chelsea Handler, it’s probably safe to assume that she’ll stay true to her word.