Jerry Seinfeld’s ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ Moves To Netflix
For nine seasons, Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee web series was the flagship original program on Crackle. But Netflix has successfully courted Seinfeld into a new deal that Crackle simply couldn’t compete with.
Via Deadline, Netflix will pick up the rights to the first nine seasons of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, in addition to a 24-episode tenth season that is expected to drop later this year. To further entice Seinfeld, Netflix also included a development deal that features new stand-up specials as well as scripted and non-scripted shows. Seinfeld’s first comedy special for Netflix is also expected to debut this year.
In a statement, Netflix’s Ted Sarandos said “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.”
The Deadline report also notes that Seinfeld was eager to find a new home for the series after his stint on Crackle. Seinfeld released his own statement with the announcement. “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. “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.”
Netflix has recently been very aggressive in its pursuit of comedians to tape new stand-up specials, including Dave Chapplle and Chris Rock. Signing Seinfeld fits in with the company’s rapidly expanding plans.