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David Letterman to host new Netflix series

Late night legend David Letterman is returning to the small screen with a new Netflix series. Each episode of the 6 x 60-minute series will also see Letterman conduct long-form interviews ...
August 8, 2017

Late night legend David Letterman is returning to the small screen with a new Netflix series.

Each episode of the 6 x 60-minute series will also see Letterman conduct long-form interviews with a singular guest and explore topics out of the studio. The series is set to premiere in 2018.

The project is being produced by Letterman’s studio Woldwide Pants and RadicalMedia, the Academy Award and Emmy-winning company behind Netflix’s What Happened, Miss Simone?Oh Hello on Broadway and Abstract: The Art of Design.

“Just meeting David Letterman was a thrill; imagine how exciting it is for me to announce that we will be working together,” said Ted Sarandos, COO at Netflix, in a statement. “David Letterman is a true television icon, and I can’t wait to see him out in the wild, out from behind the desk and interviewing the people he finds most interesting. We’ll have to see if he keeps the beard.”

In 33 years on late-night television, David Letterman hosted 6,028 episodes of Late Night (NBC) and The Late Show (CBS), and is the longest-running late-night broadcaster in American history. Letterman announced his departure from The Late Show in 2014, and aired his final episode on May 20, 2015.

Last week, Netflix announced a new series featuring another comedy legend: Carol Burnett. Produced by Dick Clark Productions, A Little Help with Carol Burnett features a panel of straight-talking children offering up opinions and advice in front of a live studio audience. The 12 x 30-minute series will also air in 2018.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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