Everyone thought David Letterman retired when he wrapped up his long-running Late Show with David Letterman for CBS on May 20, 2015 after an astounding 22 seasons (and that’s following 11 years on NBC with Late Night). Clearly, after two years off, Letterman was ready to get back to work.
In another amazing deal made by Netflix this week, David Letterman is set to do a new talk show series on the streaming service that will feature longer in-depth interviews. What will set this apart from Letterman’s earlier shows is that this show is currently set for six hour-long episodes.
Set to debut in 2018, the untitled show will be pre-recorded. Besides doing longer conversations with his guests, the 70-year-old Letterman will also venture outside the studio to explore other topics that interest him.
Letterman’s show will join the Chelsea Handler weekly talk show that’s already on the network. It will be produced by Letterman and his Worldwide Pants banner, as well as RadicalMedia, who produced the amazing Oh, Hello on Broadway — Letterman actually was a guest star on the Broadway show, but not when Netflix did the taping.
This is another huge coup for Netflix, who are constantly trying to break new ground in media by making deals with hugely-popular stars of comedy like Dave Chappelle and Louis CK, both of whom had recent comedy specials on the streaming service. Getting the retired Letterman to return to doing talk show interviews adds another feather to their cap.
Letterman is repped by CAA.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor