David Letterman Sets TV Return With Six-Episode Netflix Series

A little over two years after David Letterman commenced his retirement, the talk-show host has announced his return to the small screen for a limited Netflix series. Premiering in 2018, the as-yet-untitled program, which will come out as six, hour-long installments, will find the host interviewing one guest each episode, as well as comedy and “curiosity” bits outside of the studio.

“I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix,” the host said in a statement. “Here’s what I have learned: If you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first. Thanks for watching, drive safely.”

“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,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, said. “We’ll have to see if he keeps the beard.”

Between hosting Late Night on NBC and The Late Show on CBS, Letterman spent more than three decades hosting late-night television, making him the longest-running late-night broadcaster in U.S. history. The final episode of The Late Show aired in May 2015.

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