It's got a dog!
Chunk Handler, a dog with his own Twitter account, might be the breakout star of the show. He wanders around the stage at various points, interrupting guests and resembling those great dogs from that Weezer video.
The celebrity interviews have some meat to them
Handler has expressed an interest in making the show feel more like 60 Minutes than the more pop-culture-focused Chelsea Lately, but that doesn't mean that she's doing away with celebrity guests. Instead, the interviews with guests like Drew Barrymore, Pitbull, and Veep star Tony Hale take on a more freewheeling tone than your typical promo-friendly, "now let's watch a clip" celebrity interview.
This show aspires to be about issues, whether that means Pitbull talking about a teacher he remembers or Hale discussing his activism. Of course, not all these conversations are particularly insightful, so, like an episode of a podcast, you can always fast-forward and skip ahead to the segment you're interested in.
It's hosted by Chelsea Handler
Obviously, Handler is still the primary appeal of a personality-driven show like this. Along with Samantha Bee, she's one of the only female hosts on late night, and her perspective is a necessary corrective to the dude-heavy vibes of the Jimmys and the Cordens of the world. If you loved her on E!, you will probably love her here. If you were turned off by her occasionally labored sex gags and unfunny jokes about race, there are unfortunately still plenty of those!
So, feel free to check it out later tonight -- or wait 10 years and binge-watch all the episodes in one crazed Chelsea Handler bender. It's on Netflix, so it's not going anywhere.
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Dan Jackson is a staff writer at Thrillist Entertainment. He's on Twitter: @danielvjackson.