After a three year hiatus from the airwaves, David Letterman, the original host of NBC’s Late Night and CBS’ The Late Show is returning to our screens with a new series for Netflix!
Are you excited? Well, if not, you should be!
An acclaimed writer, comedian, and talk show host, Letterman has kept a low-profile since turning the reigns of his show over to Stephen Colbert in 2014.
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) 8 August 2017
He recently began making appearances once again including his highly-publicized interview two weeks ago on Norm MacDonald Live.
Netflix announced the news in tandem with a eyebrow-raising photo of a bearded man smiling. Those who know that beard knew what to expect, but those who haven’t followed Dave’s adventures in recent years were probably left in the dark.
Multiple outlets are reporting that the new deal is for six, one-hour interview shows, each featuring one guest — a departure from The Late Show, which ran ninety minutes and typically featured two guests and a variety act.
Letterman, who broke Johnny Carson’s record for longest-running talk show host, was a pioneer in the industry, introducing so many of the zany and conversation-starting antics that have become commonplace on shows like Conan and Jimmy Kimmel Live!
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— Memorable Moments (@MemorabIeM0MENT) 27 June 2017
Letterman, who started out as a weatherman in his native Indiana, moved to Los Angeles at the height of the initial stand up comedy boom, and quickly became a peer and running mate of Jay Leno, Robin Williams, J.J. Walker, Garry Shandling, Freddy Prinze, Paul Rodriguez, and more.
One of his first jobs in show business was writing jokes for the then booming J.J. Walker, at the height of his Good Times fame on a three-man writing staff that included himself, Leno, and Bryon Allen.
Letterman was the assumed replacement for Johnny Carson when the King of Late Night announced his retirement from the show, but was usurped by his friend Leno, a wound that, to this day, hasn’t fully healed.
— Jennie Runevitch (@JennieWTHR) 24 July 2017
Letterman went on to great success with Late Night, turning the after-hours afterthought into a strong franchise that has gone on to be hosted by Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, and now Seth Meyers.
Letterman then moved to CBS where he birthed The Late Show, which went head-to-head with Leno’s 11:30 Tonight Show on NBC.
— RetroNewsNow (@RetroNewsNow) 31 August 2016
The two went back-and-forth in the ratings for years before they both retired from the airwaves in the early-to-mid 2010s.