Tuesday, June 21, 2011
The beloved comic is planning a new TV show with a paid subscription service like Netflix, Sony’s Crackle, or Hulu, which are now competing in the original programming game, a plugged-in source told Flash.
“Dave Chappelle’s going back to TV,” tattled our insider. “It’s not for a network. It’s for Netflix or Crackle or some other subscription service.”
A move to a streaming service like Hulu would allow Chappelle to bypass the lack of creative control he claims he had at Comedy Central parent company Viacom.
Meanwhile, Netflix has thrown down the gauntlet and shown that it will pay top dollar for original shows, recently signing a $100 million deal for a David Fincher-directed series, “House of Cards,” starring Kevin Spacey.
And Sony’s Crackle already has a deep comedy lineup with “Groundlings” based on the famed sketch troop, and “Backwash,” featuring Jon Hamm, Jeffrey Ross, Sarah Silverman and “West Wing” alums Allison Janney, Josh Malina and Dule Hill.