David Letterman is returning to television for a new six-episode interview series for Netflix to premiere in 2018.
The new as-yet-to-be-named series will include long-form conversations with singular guests and in-the-field segments that express Letterman's unique curiosity and humor.
“I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix," Letterman said. "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.”
The project is being produced by RadicalMedia, the Academy Award® and Emmy-winning company behind Netflix’s What Happened, Miss Simone?, Oh Hello on Broadway and Abstract: The Art of Design, and Letterman’s Worldwide Pants.
"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.”
In 33 years on late-night television, David Letterman hosted 6,028 episodes of Late Night with David Letterman on NBC and The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS, and is the longest-running late-night broadcaster in American history. He announced his departure from The Late Show in 2014, before airing his final episode on May 20, 2015 to an audience of 13.76 million people.