According to Deadline, WarnerMedia struck a deal with Ellen's A Very Good Production company to have the talk show host develop four new original series for their HBO Max streaming service. The new shows will be titled, Ellen’s Home Design Challenge, First Dates Hotel, Finding Einstein, and Little Ellen. Ellen's Home Design and First Dates Hotel—which is based on a British series of the same name—are two unscripted shows that have been given straight-to-series orders by HBO Max. Little Ellen will be an animated children's series about the comedian's childhood, while Finding Einstein is a docuseries that highlights new world-changing geniuses.
Ellen announced her partnership with HBO Max via her talk show on Friday. She also offered a free two-year subscription for the streaming company to everyone in her studio audience.
"Ellen is a singular talent, and a powerhouse, creative triple-threat that we are lucky to have now bringing her talents to bear on behalf of HBO Max," HBO Max's Chief Content Officer Kevin Reilly said in a statement. "Ellen’s flair for home design and matchmaking will most certainly inspire and delight—but HBO Max is full service, so as not to leave the kids out she’s bringing them back to the hilarious misadventures of her childhood in an imaginative animated series."
Little Ellen will add to HBO Max's venture into animation. Earlier this month WarnerMedia announced that The Boondocks will make its return to HBO Max with a new, re-imagined series. HBO Max is set to launch in the fall 2020.