With Three More on The Way, Are Weekly Talk Shows a Secret Weapon for Netflix?

Before Netflix became such a powerhouse of TV series, back in the days of linear-television, a lot of TV series were written on the fly. Producers and writers would gauge viewer response and adapt the storylines mid-season and current affairs could be included to keep shows up to date. But when Netflix brought out “House of Cards” back in February 2013 (wow, that was over 5 years ago!) this changed things dramatically as all the episodes were available at the same time. Storylines had to be decided in advance and there was no pandering to viewers reactions mid-season. The way we view TV was changed forever – some may say for the better, others may disagree.

Three years later, in May 2016, Netflix started their first weekly show with “Chelsea” – a topical, weekly chat show. This was a very different format for Netflix but one that was equally familiar to regular TV viewers. More recently we have had “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman” with chat show stalwart David Letterman releasing a new interview on a monthly basis alongside the more laid back, but still topical, “The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale“. It would seem that more traditional, linear-TV style shows, also work well on Netflix. To the point where Netflix clearly feel these are a great addition to the streaming service as there are three more weekly chat shows coming soon to Netflix.

While we don’t have dates for each of them, we do have some information about these upcoming, weekly chat shows:

The Break with Michelle Wolf

Michelle Wolf’s weekly chat show arrives on May 27th. Wolf, who has worked on the likes of “The Daily Show” and also starred on the UK’s “Live at The Apollo” says of her weekly show “You can expect the types of jokes my former bosses would tell me we couldn’t do on TV.”

The show will take a break from the seriousness of late night comedy. Instead of making the news fun, she’ll make fun of everything and everybody. There will be no preaching or political agenda…unless it’s funny. Michelle Wolf pokes fun at everything and everyone on her weekly show.


Norm Macdonald Has a Show

Norm Macdonald, the Canadian stand-up comedian, writer, producer and actor, has worked on shows such as “Saturday Night Live” and also has a weekly show coming to Netflix called “Norm Macdonald Has a Show” – although we don’t know the date yet. Macdonald also has a stand-up special available on Netflix titled “Norm Macdonald: Hitler’s Dog, Gossip & Trickery

Comedian Norm Macdonald hosts this talk show with celebrity guests, unexpected conversation and a behind-the-scenes view into Norm’s world.


Untitled Hasan Minhaj Show

Hasan Minhaj is an Indian-American comic who is also Senior Correspondant on “The Daily Show”. Minhaj’s show is as-yet-untitled but if you want to see his works he also has a stand-up comedy special on Netflix: “Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King

In this weekly show, Hasan Minhaj brings his unique comedic voice and storytelling skill to explore the larger trends shaping our fragmented world.


So, what do you think to this apparent ‘return’ to linear-TV with the weekly talk shows on Netflix? Do you enjoy topical discussions or do you feel that they have too short a shelf-life for services like Netflix?

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