Former host of CBS’ “The Late Show” David Letterman will be returning to the small screen with a six episode series for Netflix, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Comedian Stephen Colbert replaced Letterman who left “The Late Show” two years ago. Letterman set the record as the longest-serving host in late night comedy sitting behind the desk for 33 years.
The new untitled series will center on interviews. Each episode will be an hour long and is set to premiere sometime in 2018. The one-on-one interviews will be pre-recorded and may include a “man on the street” segment that allows Letterman to work outside the studio. No guests have been confirmed as of yet.
Netflix’s Chief content officer Ted Sarandos commented on the excitement of working with Letterman.
“Just meeting David Letterman was a thrill. Imagine how exciting it is for me to announce that we will be working together,” he said. “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 was known as a powerhouse in late night comedy and was once considered for NBC’s “The Tonight Show” but lost to Jay Leno in a bitter battle that forced out legend Johnny Carson and destroyed the friendship between Leno and Letterman.
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