Obama In Talks To Produce Shows For Netflix

The New York Times reports:

Former President Barack Obama is in advanced negotiations with Netflix to produce a series of high-profile shows that will provide him a global platform after his departure from the White House, according to people familiar with the discussions.

Under terms of a proposed deal, which is not yet final, Netflix would pay Mr. Obama and his wife, Michelle, for exclusive content that would be available only on the streaming service, which has nearly 118 million subscribers around the world. The number of episodes and the formats for the shows have not been decided.

Mr. Obama does not intend to use his Netflix shows to directly respond to President Trump or conservative critics, according to people familiar with discussions about the programming. They said the Obamas had talked about producing shows that highlight inspirational stories.

  • Kevin Andrews

    Good on the Obamas. This Statesman has a place in the America now and always.

  • Ron

    A possible antidote to toxic overexposure of trump.

  • SkokieGuy -Irving Snorkelstein

    Well thank goodness Chuck Woolery weighed in on this. Now we all know what to think about it.

    Seriously, damn you Obama, now I have to subscribe to Netflix.

    • Tulle Christensen

      Tell me about it, I was waiting for the VHS/Betamax streaming video wars to shake out some more before deciding on which one to go with

      • Droz

        Unlike VHS/Betamax and Blu-ray/HD-DVD the streaming war ended in a truce where the content on each platform varies from one to another at any given time Sometimes it’s not on any platform, to drive up dvd sales.

        • Tulle Christensen

          I don’t think the war is over. I think it is just starting to heat up

          But what do I know about such things?

      • SkokieGuy -Irving Snorkelstein

        I really want to cut the cord, but I don’t want to have to subscribe to 2 – 3 different services to replace it. I like simply changing channels.

        And when I cancelled my home phone (triple play, phone, internet, cable), my bill went from $225 to $450.00 a month. Yes you read that right. So I gave a giant F/U to RCN and now am with the evil AT&T for $140 a month for two services. AT&T screwed up the install so badly that I ended up with $450.00 in oopsie credits.

        • Tulle Christensen

          AT&T the worse company in the world not named Comcast

          • SkokieGuy -Irving Snorkelstein

            I felt dirty just doing business with them. I did let the village official who deals with what companies are allowed to provide service know about the rate change. She literally gasped over the phone.

          • Tulle Christensen

            The choices where I live are either AT&T or Comcast. the worse company in the world not named AT&T

      • Reality.Bites

        Well they may not shake out. They almost certainly won’t. Too much potential profit and too few upfront costs coupled with no regulatory obstacles.

        Nor would it be at all healthy for one company to essentially control all entertainment coming into the home.

        Nor is VHS/Beta an apt comparison. That choice entailed a big commitment in hardware and software. People spent thousands of 1970s and 80s dollars on beta equipment and tapes.

        There’s no investment involved here. No box, no wires. If Netflix goes belly-up tomorrow, you’ve not lost a thing. If in year you decide Amazon has the better shows, you can go with them. Or Hulu. Or alternate – take a free month of each, then subscribe for a month or two at a time.

        This is more like waiting for the cola wars to shake out before ordering a drink.

        • Tulle Christensen

          What makes you think I am not waiting for the cola wars to shake out? Right now my money is on RC

          • Reality.Bites

            My aunt had a friend who had a tiny 13 inch TV from her college days because she wouldn’t replace it till HDTV was ready.

            She didn’t live long enough to see the first HDTVs for the home.

            But my overall point is that there’s no issue of waiting for a standard to emerge here because that’s not going to happen. This is about brands competing with different products (shows).

            It’s like waiting for your city to have just one restaurant that serves everything everyone wants when there’s no impediment to someone else opening a restaurant too.

  • Tulle Christensen

    Give up Chuck, as is often pointed out collusion in itself is not a crime

    • lymis

      And “colluding to create a television show” is hardly on a par with “colluding to throw a US election.”

      • Tulle Christensen

        yes “colluding to create a television show” is usually called collaboration

        edit: must have more coffee before posting more, fixed several typos

        • Reality.Bites

          I am prepared to apply the term collusion to the creation of any TV show that was hosted by Woolery.

  • AmeriCanadian

    I could never stand watching Wheel of Fortune. Now I know why. Woolery…what an asshat.

    • Ron

      Wrong A-hole. WOF is pat SAjack

      • AmeriCanadian

        Woolery was the original host. I’m old.


        • Ron

          Thanks for making me feel young.
          IT appears being an A-hole is a prerequisite for hosting WOF.

          • robindaybird

            and drunk, as apparently Sajak and White often get smashed on cocktails before hosting the evening shows

  • kaydenpat

    Bring on the Rightwing rage and threats of boycotts.

  • Snownova

    This is how it’s supposed to be, FIRST you become president, then you use your fame to enter showbizz, not the other way around.

  • lymis

    So the one thing that Trump thinks he has over Obama – that he’s a TV star, is about to be blown out of the water.


  • greenmanTN

    Chuck Woolery can kiss my ass. There’s a reason he ended up hosting dreck like Love Connection. Alex Trebek farts in his general direction.

    • Dan Ryan

      I loathe him too. What a jerk he is. It is no wonder he was pushed off to the crappy filler shows no one watched.

    • Mrs. Councillor Nugent

      and what was that Alt-Right wannabe’s snark the other day about liberal “Hollywood Types?”

    • JT

      But you might get wingnut cooties!

    • HozillaSmallpox

      Let them boycott Netflix. It will free up the bandwidth for the rest of us

    • Nic Peterson

      Capitalizing Every Other Word Makes his Tweets Seem Important. loser

  • geoffalnutt

    They need to be front and center BIGLY!!! It will drive Donnie-Two-Scoops…(I was going to say “insane”), but we already burned that bridge…

  • -M-

    This could be very good.

  • Reality.Bites

    I’d like Mr. Obama to host a show where aspiring entrepreneurs compete in various business-oriented tasks till one is chosen by him who he will mentor.

    And I want it to be so popular that all the other channels go dark when it’s on.

    Another good show will be where attractive young blonde vaguely Eastern European-looking women pay $130,000 to have sex with Mr. Obama and brag about it to everyone they know, who are all super jealous.

    Then there will be one of those shows – I’ve seen them on travel and cooking channels – where Mr. Obama travels all over the United States finding restaurants with the best burgers and chocolate cake

  • JT

    Wingnut all upset about “propaganda” but no mention of Fux Noise.

  • Longpole

    Chuck, your side has a propaganda machine. Fox News, Rush, Info Wars and CBN.

  • alc2018
    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      That, Ladies and Gentlemen, is a couple who truly love and support each other. Something you will never see a Republican, Homocon and certainly not the creatures infesting 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. do.

    • David

      I will spend the rest of my natural life in awe of them.

    • glass

      It’s so nice to see normal, well developed people on the internet. This is what fun looks like!
      Miss you Obama’s.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Cue the Trumptantrum!!!

  • Renfield

    Please come back, President Obama. Please. Now! Please.

  • Paul_in_Dallas

    Even if it were Michelle and Barack reading names out of the phone book, I’d watch.

  • ColdCountry

    It will be wonderful to listen to him speak again. Don’t care about what, just to hear his clear, measured, intelligent voice is good enough.

  • Dana Chilton

    Man, those people on Chuck Wollery’s twitter feed are nuts

  • JCF

    “Obama is Colluding…”

    I thought that was The Onion—till I saw it was that douchebag Woolery.