Handler to do show on Netflix
A late-night talk show on Netflix? That is what the company announced Thursday as part of a deal with Chelsea Handler, the soon-to-exit star from the E! cable network.
The idea could appear counterintuitive because Netflix, the subscription streaming video service, has thus far only posted original series in their entirety, not day by day or even week by week.
But this apparent incongruity for Netflix may be what appealed to Handler, a comic who has been public about seeking a new and different landing place after declaring that she was planning to leave E!, where for seven years she has hosted a daily late-night show, “Chelsea Lately.” She has stood out as the only female host in the otherwise male-dominated world of late night.
Netflix announced a comprehensive multiyear deal with Handler that centers on the new talk show, although it cannot be specifically described as a late-night talk show because it will presumably be available at any time on Netflix once it is posted.
The as yet untitled show will not start for more than a year, Netflix said; the announcement Thursday cited “early 2016” as the expected date for the talk show to begin streaming. Handler will end “Chelsea Lately” on Aug. 26.
Olmsted documentary to air
The man whose name has become synonymous with parks, including Buffalo’s most well-known park, is the subject of a documentary airing today on WNED.
The program, “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America,” was co-produced by WNED. It airs at 9 p.m. nationally on PBS stations.
The hourlong film highlights park systems Olmsted created, among them the Buffalo Olmsted Parks – including Delaware Park – New York’s Central Park and the Emerald Necklace in Boston.
“To Olmsted, a park was both a work of art and a necessity for urban life,” WNED said in promotional material. “Olmsted’s efforts to preserve nature created an ‘environmental ethic’ decades before the environmental movement became a force in American politics.”
For a review of the program by News TV Critic Alan Pergament, check buffalonews.com today.
Ford undergoes surgery on leg
Harrison Ford is recuperating after surgery to heal a broken leg suffered during production on “Star Wars: Episode VII.”
The actor’s publicist said Thursday that Ford is doing well after surgery and will soon begin rehab. Ford was injured a week ago during filming of the much-anticipated sequel at Pinewood Studios outside of London.
The accident involved a spacecraft door falling on the 71-year-old actor’s leg. Ford’s Han Solo pilots the Millennium Falcon, which is returning in “Episode VII.”
Disney has said that shooting is continuing while Ford recuperates. He is expected to be sidelined up to two months.
Ford is one of several original “Star Wars” stars returning to the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel. He is joined by fellow alums Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Peter Mayhew.