The longest-serving U.S. late night host in history is set to return with a new series.
Netflix has announced that David Letterman, who many will know as the original host of NBC’s Late Night and CBS’ The Late Show, will be hosting a new series that will premiere in 2018.
The streaming giant says the still-untitled show will find Letterman having long-form, “in-depth conversations with extraordinary people” and will include “in-the-field segments expressing his curiosity and humour.” The first season will consist of six one-hour episodes.
“I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix,” Letterman 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.”
Added Ted Sarandos, Netflix 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.”
Letterman is a true icon of late-night television, having worked on the screen for 33 years and hosting a whopping 6,028 episodes of both Late Night and The Late Show. He’s also one of the most-nominated individuals in Emmy Award history, with an incredible 52 nominations – 10 of which he won.
And that beard, in case you haven’t seen it…