David Letterman has signed a deal to host six episodes of a new program for Netflix.
The company hasnt released many details of the topics, format or guests, but it sounds like it wont just be a standard in-the-studio talk show Netflixs Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement, David Letterman is a true television icon, and I cant wait to see him out in the wild, out from behind the desk and interviewing the people he finds most interesting. Well have to see if he keeps the beard.
While Netflix has had its most high-profile successes with scripted shows like House of Cards and Stranger Things, its also home to Chelseaand Bill Nye Saves the World. Neither show seems like a big hit (its hard to say for sure, since the company doesnt release ratings information), but Netflix is still funding them it probably helps that theyre cheaper to produce than something like Sense8.
Letterman, meanwhile, has largely stayed out of the spotlight since leaving theLate Showon CBS in 2015. He did, however, appear in the climate change documentary programYears of Living Dangerouslyand he also reminded everyone how funny he can be in a recent, wide-ranging interview with New York magazine.
Lettermans new show is scheduled to premiere next year.
Heres what I have learned: If you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first, he said in the announcement. Thanks for watching. Drive safely.