11:16 am EDT, August 8, 2017

David Letterman is returning to TV: New Netflix series announced

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Former Late Show host David Letterman is getting back in front of the camera. The new series, currently untitled, has a six-episode order and will premiere in 2018.

According to Netflix, the series will depict Letterman combining “two interests for which he is renowned: in-depth conversations with extraordinary people, and in-the-field segments expressing his curiosity and humor. In each hour-long episode, Letterman will conduct a long-form conversation with a singular guest – and will also explore topics on his own, away from the studio.”

Said Letterman, “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. Thanks for watching, drive safely.”

Letterman hosted 6,028 episodes of network late night TV before leaving CBS in 2015. Former Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert replaced him, and in the past few months the new Late Show anchor has been beating NBC competitor Jimmy Fallon in the nightly ratings.

No word yet on if he’s keeping that lengthy retirement beard or not, but Netflix isn’t against it. Said the streaming site’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos:

“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.”

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