David Letterman Returning to TV With New Netflix Series
By Jackie Willis
David Letterman is headed back to the small screen to do what he does best.
After stepping down as the host of CBS' The Late Show in May 2015, Netflix announced that the 70-year-old comedian will star in a six-episode, hour-long series, premiering in 2018, that will have him conducting "in-depth conversations with extraordinary people," as well as "in-the-field segments expressing his curiosity and humor."
"I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix," Letterman said of his new series on the streaming service. "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 -- who resides in New York with wife Regina and son Harry -- spent 33 years as a late-night television host, first getting his start on NBC's Late Night before going on to host The Late Show. In that time, he earned 10 Emmys, two Peabody Awards and became a Kennedy Center honoree.
In an interview with Vultureearlier this year, Letterman hinted at a return to TV, but didn't seem interested in replicating the comedy that made him so beloved for over three decades. “My interest has shifted,” he noted. “When I’m talking about things to do now, it’s not like, God-dang, let’s get right back into comedy. Let’s call the Butterball hotline on Thanksgiving. But bring in Donald Trump or Mike Pence or somebody, and let me smother them with my ignorance.”
On May 20, 2015, 13.76 million people watched Letterman host his final episode of The Late Show. Here's a look at some of the highlights from the memorable evening: