You want serenity now? Get ready to Netflix and chill with Jerry Seinfeld. He just signed a huge new deal with Netflix, moving new and old episodes of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" from Crackle to the other streaming site, and also filming two stand-up specials and developing other content for Netflix.
Sorry, Crackle. (Or should Seinfeld stuff his sorries in a sack?)
Netflix announced the deal on Tuesday. "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" started in 2012 on Sony's Crackle, and Season 9 just recently premiered. That will be the last season on Crackle; the next season's 24 episodes will premiere on Netflix in late 2017. That's also when the library of all episodes to date will move to Netflix.
This can't be fun for Crackle, but Netflix is pumped. Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix, said (via Deadline):
"Jerry is known the world over as both a great TV innovator and beloved comic voice. We are incredibly proud to welcome him to the Netflix comedy family."
Why make the move? Here's what Seinfeld said in a statement released by Netflix:
"When I first started thinking about 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,' the entire Netflix business model consisted of mailing out DVDs in envelopes. I love that we are now joining together, both at very different points. I am also very excited to be working with Ted Sarandos at Netflix, a guy and a place that not only have the same enthusiasm for the art of stand-up comedy as I do but the most amazing technology platform to deliver it in a way that has never existed before. I am really quite charged up to be moving there."
As part of this deal, Seinfeld is taping two stand-up specials -- the first will be released this year -- and he'll also develop scripted and non-scripted comedy programming for Netflix.
So far, "Comedians" Season 9 has featured guests Kristen Wiig and Norm Macdonald, and upcoming guests include Cedric the Entertainer, Lewis Black, Bob Einstein, and Christoph Waltz.
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