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David Letterman will make a six-episode talk show for Netflix in 2018

STOP THE PRESSES! Sit down and brace yourselves.

David Letterman, the longest-serving host in U.S. late night television – the original host of Late Night (NBC) and The Late Show (CBS) – is returning to television for a new series for Netflix!

He has committed to six hourlong episodes that’ll combine in-depth interviews with field pieces. The series, yet to be named, will premiere in 2018.

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

“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, Chief Content Officer, Netflix. “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.”

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

Letterman hosted 6,028 episodes of Late Night(NBC) and The Late Show (CBS), making him the longest-running late-night broadcaster in American history. He has 52 Emmy nominations and 10 wins to his credit, along with two Peabody Awards, a Kennedy Center Honoree, and this October, he’ll receive the Mark Twain Prize.


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