That David Letterman. What a friggin’ liar! The man says he was retired, he was leaving show business behind, and we believed him. But now comes word that he’s retiring from retirement and going to have a new Netflix series. WTF, Dave?
“Here’s what I’ve learned,” he offers in a statement. “If you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first. Thanks for watching, drive safely,”
Ouch! Well, whatever the reason, Letterman, who hosted over 6,000 hours of his self-named talk show, is coming back and, truthfully, we couldn’t be happier. Describes The Hollywood Reporter, “Unlike The Late Show, each hourlong episode of the Netflix series will be prerecorded and feature Letterman conducting long form conversations with a singular guest as well as exploring topics on his own — outside of the studio.”
Comment’s Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer, "Just meeting David Letterman was a thrill; imagine how exciting it is for me to announce that we will be working together. 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."
“I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix,” Letterman adds, failing to mention the beard either. Damn!
The format of Letterman’s new show sounds similar to what was done with Chelsea Handler’s Netflix series in its second season. That show went from half an hour to a full hour, and began featuring trips out of the country, larger field pieces and more comprehensive interviews.
Letterman began his career as a radio host and TV weatherman in Indianapolis. His wackiness and irreverent humor was apparent from the start, which led him, in 1975, to move to Los Angeles to try his hand at comedy writing. He also appeared on many game shows, a few primetime series and eventually came to the attention of The Tonight Show’s Johnny Carson, and became a regular on the show.
In 1980, NBC gave him a morning talk show simply titled The David Letterman Show, but it was obvious that daytime was not the place for Letterman. On February 1, 1982, he made his debut as the host of Late Night With David Letterman, a gig he continued until May 20, 2015.
No word on whether or not Netflix is planning on a 33-year run for the new show. Stay tuned.
David Letterman's new series will debut in 2018 and consist of six hour-long episodes.