The Countdown Is On for Netflix and Chelsea

David Lean, Dick Cavett and great expectations.

As Dave Itzkoff notes in this weekend’s New York Times profile of Chelsea Handler, the offices for the comedienne’s Netflix talk show debuting May 11 are in the David Lean Building on the Sony Pictures lot. If you’ll forgive the puns: the reporter, through this Brief Encounter, was able to ascertain that Handler is a Blithe Spirit who seems ready to live up to our Great Expectations.

Another name from yore also pops up in the feature, to FishbowlNY’s great delight:

Handler said she wants to avoid inviting celebrities just to promote their projects, and would rather emulate hosts like Dick Cavett, “when he would put on Janis Joplin with Henry Kissinger,” she said. (Even so, Handler has also taped a dinner party with actors from the comic-book movie Captain America: Civil War.)

As we have previously noted, the only recent arrival to proactively tamper with the late night talk show set formula, which Handler so clearly disdains, is that Brit James Corden. Much of his success, be it in studio or in the front seats of his Range Rover, comes from the same place as the aforementioned Kissinger-Joplin juxtaposition. Although in Corden’s case, his genre muse was Graham Norton rather than Cavett.

We can’t wait for Handler’s arrival at 12:01 a.m. next Wednesday. To whet the Chelsea-channels-Cavett appetite, check out the clip above, which includes a hilarious moment of improvisation by the host when a throw-to commercial gets derailed by his confusion over the cue-card prompt “hold up glasses.”

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Dick Cavett Has a Million Showbiz Anecdotes
Dick Cavett Revisits Alcohol-Soaked ‘Worst Show’