Norm Macdonald is the latest to host a Netflix talk show
Netflix isn’t done with its talk show spending spree just yet. The service has ordered 10 episodes of Norm Macdonald Has A Show (E-I-E-I-O?), a guest-oriented talk show from its namesake Saturday Night Live veteran. There’s no mention of an air date, but Macdonald’s podcast co-host Adam Eget will serve as a sidekick, while fellow Netflix host David Letterman will act as an advisor. This has been in the works for a while, it seems: Macdonald had hinted at the Netflix deal in a Reddit AMA from late January.
Combined with earlier recruiting efforts (including two Daily Show alumni), it’s clear what Netflix is doing: it’s hoping to directly compete with the late night shows you find on conventional TV. Ideally, that keeps you coming back to Netflix on a regular basis instead of waiting for the next season of your favorite drama.