News via Variety is that Jerry Seinfeld will be moving his highly successful ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ series over to Netflix. The talk show, currently housed on Sony’s streaming network Crackle, will jump to Netflix in late 2017.
The report confirms a deal for at least 24 new episodes beginning later this year, and going into 2018. All 59 previous episodes will also migrate to Netflix as well. It’s also part of a multi-project production deal between the comedian and Porsche collector that will also include two new standup specials.
Comedians in Cars isn’t specifically a Porsche focus. And, contrary to the name, it’s success comes from a formula that streamlines the car and coffee themes with a greater focus on the casual conversation between Seinfeld and his comedian guests. Nevertheless, the cars do get a quick intro of their own and are often carefully chosen by Seinfeld because they somehow resemble the guest in some figurative way.
So no, not all cars are Porsches. Even still, Seinfeld is a long-known Porsche collector and enthusiasts, so P cars do show up with a high degree of regularity. Many of them are actually from Seinfeld’s own stable, which is always a treat.
What this move to Netflix means for Seinfeld and the Comedians in Cars series may be a larger and broader audience thanks to Netflix’s massive customer base. Add that to its already winning formula (worthy of its three Emmy nominations) and we can only foresee good things.
In a statement, Seinfeld commented, “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.”
Read more about the deal via Variety.