It didn’t take long for David Letterman to get back in front of a camera. Is anyone surprised? When your resume says that you’re the longest tenured talk show host in the history of television, it says something about your longevity and desire to remain on the small screen.
With that said, David Letterman is coming back to TV.
In an announcement reported by the Hollywood Reporter, Letterman has agreed to make six episodes of a talk show that will be distributed by Netflix. The program will feature longer, more in depth interviews with selected individuals, though a guest list has not yet been announced.
Letterman will also leave the studio at various points throughout the program, getting from behind the desk and out into the world.
Just meeting David Letterman was a thrill; imagine how exciting it is for me to announce that we will be working together,” Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said. “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.”
Letterman’s show was taken over by Stephen Colbert, who in many ways has reinvigorated the program and paces the group of late-night TV shows.
Letterman left because he wanted to spend time with his family, and he was sure to clear the new program with them first. The show, which remains untitled, will be produced by RadicalMedia, and Letterman’s own Worldwide Pants. The program is expected to be arriving sometimes in 2018 and will be available to stream on Netflix.