Aaand the Number One retired late-night TV host to make a somewhat predictable return to the small screen for a boatload of cash is … David Letterman.
In a move that may compensate for some of the programming that’s eventually making its way off their streaming service, Netflix has coaxed former The Late Show host David Letterman to return to TV as the host of an as-yet-untitled program that will debut in 2018.
An hourlong show that will be released in a run of six episodes to start, the program will feature the 70-year-old comedian interviewing one guest, as well as comedy bits shot outside the studio. So ... The Late Show minus the Late part, basically.
Produced by RadicalMedia and Letterman's Worldwide Pants, the show and hosting was enough to lure Letterman back after two years of retirement. Although terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, they were lucrative enough to get Letterman to spend less time at his Montana ranch.
"I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix," Letterman said in a statement. "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."
Will do, on both accounts.