Today, August 8, Netflix announced that NBC and CBS personality David Letterman would be returning to television for a new series.
In a statement released to the press, the network announces the series will have six episodes, all consisting in one-on-one interviews. Letterman’s guests have not been named, but are described as “extraordinary people”.
The show’s name has yet to be revealed. It will premiere next year.
David Letterman, who has left his show on CBS in 2015, says he is “excited and lucky” to take part in this project. “Here’s what I have learned, if you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first”, the 70-year-old said. “Thanks for watching, drive safely.”
Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix, expressed his “thrill” to work with Letterman on the new series. He described him as “a true television icon” and added he couldn’t wait “to see him out in the wild, out from behind the desk and interviewing the people he finds most interesting.”
It is not yet known if David Letterman’s latest look, the beard, will be a part of the show, or he would shave it off.
David Letterman announced he was going to leave The Late Show in the last part of 2014 and was last seen on the show on May 20, 2015. The audience of the last episode reached 13.76 million viewers.
In May of this year, David Letterman received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. This award is granted every year by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Other recipients of the prize are Carol Burnett, Ellen DeGeneres, Eddie Murphy, Jay Leno and Bill Murray.