Netflix appears to be having a hard time breaking into the late-night talk show format, and it’s not for a lack of trying. Writing for The New York Post, entertainment reporter Michael Starr notes that the streamer “just can’t seem to find the right fit, or programming strategy, for a hit talk show.”
Starr adds that Netflix “whiffed in its first attempt — Chelsea Handler’s ‘Chelsea,’ which stuck around for two retooled seasons (2016-17) but generated little buzz — and now it’s canned ‘The Break with Michelle Wolf’ and ‘The Joel McHale Show’ both after very short one-season runs.”
Starr notes that Netflix tends to keep its shows around, “so it’s always surprising when the ax falls on one, let alone two, well-publicized shows — and on the same day, no less.”
Starr poses the obvious question of whether streaming might be the wrong platform for the late-night talk show. His answer: “Maybe. But it’s 2018. Netflix is a known entity. It’s snared many high-profile TV names (including David Letterman, Jerry Seinfeld, Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes) in big-money deals. People who know about these shows will find them. And many late-night fans watch their favorites via delayed viewing (online, DVR, apps, etc.) — not much different than watching these shows on Netflix (which has an app).”
We encourage readers to click on the link above to the New York Post to read Starr’s full analysis.