Debuting in 2018, David Letterman will make his return to television with a new interview-based show.
In a six-episode Netflix series yet-to-be-named, Letterman will conduct in-depth conversations with guests along with in-the-field segments leaning on the more humorous side.
“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.”
Letterman’s last episode of The Late Show aired in May 2015 on CBS before the hosting duties were passed along to Stephen Colbert, ahead of the bulk of the presidential campaign and election cycle.
He told Vulture earlier this year that “we gotta take care of ourselves here now. Comedy’s one of the ways that we can protect ourselves. Alec Baldwin deserves a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Sadly, he’s not going to get it from this president.”
Letterman spent 33 years on late-night television and hosted a combined total of 6,028 episodes of Late Night and The Late Show. He’s been nominated for 52 Emmy Awards, making him one of the most-nominated people in American history.
“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 of 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,” he said. “We’ll have to see if he keeps the beard.”