Chelsea Handler in First-Look Deal with Universal Television


Comedian and talk show host Chelsea Handler has signed a first-look producing deal with Universal Television and Universal Television Alternative Studio.

The partnership covers both scripted and unscripted programming. Currently, Handler is set to executive produce the upcoming dramedy Unspeakable for Hulu, as well as the drama series I Hate the Internet for TNT. She recently concluded her Netflix talk show Chelsea and previously had a seven-year run as host of Chelsea Lately on E!

“Chelsea’s singular voice has long stood out among a crowded TV landscape, and we’re excited that she is bringing her unbridled creativity and energy to our studio,” said Pearlena Igbokwe, the president of Universal Television. “We look forward to the many projects to come with Chelsea’s signature flair.”

“Chelsea has the rare ability of making you truly think while making you laugh,” said Meredith Ahr, the president of Universal Television Alternative Studio. “She is bursting with ideas, and we can’t wait to tap into the unscripted side of Chelsea’s imagination.”

“I’ve spent most of my life telling personal stories about myself. Whether it’s been through comedy or books, everything has been about my life,” Handler commented. “I’m excited to have this opportunity to work with NBCUniversal and put my focus and energy into telling other people’s stories and developing entertaining content all around.”