Dave is back! Letterman signs up for Netflix series

Letterman is set to star in first series since he stepped down as host of the "Late Show"

Published August 8, 2017 12:58PM (EDT)

David Letterman   (AP/Evan Agostini)
David Letterman (AP/Evan Agostini)

Longtime late-night television host David Letterman is making his return to the small screen in his first series for Netflix.

Netflix announced on Tuesday the retired "Late Show" host will reprise his role as an entertainer in a not-yet titled, six-episode series set to premiere in 2018.

Each hour-long episode of the series will feature Letterman having in-depth conversations with his guests, all while exploring topics of interest on his own. Netflix explains that the series will showcase two of his best talents: "in-depth conversations with extraordinary people, and in-the-field segments expressing his curiosity and humor."

“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."

Letterman has remained the longest serving late-night television host in American history, retiring in 2015 after spending 33 years on television.

"Just meeting David Letterman was a thrill; imagine how exciting it is for me to announce that we will be working together," said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix in a statement. "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."

To perhaps answer that question, take a look a look at this ballpark video with Letterman (and Salon contributor Bill Scheft!) in which he avoids any question of a return and also claims that the beard is here to stay:

Letterman's comedy series follows a string of successful stand-up specials for the streaming service from stars including Dave Chapelle, Amy Schumer, Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld.

By Alessandra Maldonado

Alessandra Maldonado is an editorial intern at Salon. You can find her on Twitter at @alessamberr

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