by: Jay Carlson – Editor-in-Chief
Jerry Seinfeld is moving his comedy series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee to Netflix in late 2017. The show, which sees Seinfeld selecting a car and comedian guest to go grab a cup of joe with has been on Crackle since its inception in 2012 and is frankly the only reason I’ve ever even gone to Crackle. It’s a great show and Seinfeld has pulled some amazing guests over the last five years such as Garry Shandling, Lorne Michaels, Larry David, Judd Apatow, David Letterman, Louis C.K. Tina Fey, Howard Stern, Jon Stewart, Amy Schumer, Jim Carrey, Kristen Wiig and even President Barack Obama.
Besides new episodes of Comedians, Netflix will add the original 59 Episodes of the Crackle run to its robust streaming comedy library that it’s been investing in pretty heavily lately. The deal also includes two exclusive stand-up specials (one to air in 2017) as well as scripted and unscripted programming. There are currently no details on what that might entail.
Netflix has cornered the stand-up market lately and has no problem throwing money around. The streaming giant recently shelled out $40M to Chris Rock for two upcoming exclusive specials and signed Adam Sandler to a huge four film deal back in 2015. THR says that Industry watchdogs estimate that Seinfeld may have netted $100M for this new deal.
Official Press Release:
Creator, producer, writer and performer Jerry Seinfeld is making Netflix the exclusive home for his new comedic endeavors. Netflix has signed the comedian to a multi-faceted production deal, starting in 2017.
As part of the exclusive pact, new episodes of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee will arrive exclusively on Netflix in late 2017, as will previous episodes of the Emmy-nominated series. Seinfeld will also film two, all-new stand-up shows exclusively for Netflix members globally, the first arriving on the world’s leading Internet TV network later this year. Seinfeld will help develop scripted and non-scripted comedy programming for Netflix, with additional elements of the deal will be announced later.
“Jerry is known the world over as both a great TV innovator and beloved comic voice,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix. “We are incredibly proud to welcome him to the Netflix comedy family.”
“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,” said Seinfeld, who produces, directs and hosts the show. “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.”
Twenty four brand new episodes of the comedy series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee by Jerry Seinfeld, that feature Seinfeld joining friends for a cup of coffee and a drive in a classic car, sharing stories along the way, will premiere in installments globally on Netflix starting in 2017, with subsequent installments following in 2018 and beyond. Prior seasons of the series (fifty-nine existing episodes) will also become available exclusively on Netflix at the same time.