Letterman returns to television with 2018 Netflix series
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[August 09, 2017] LOS
ANGELES (Reuters) - More than two years after signing
off from "The Late Show," David Letterman is returning
to television with a six-episode talk show on Netflix,
and said that Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald
Trump would be top of his wish-list.
Letterman, 70, will host the yet-to-be-titled
series, which will feature interviews with "extraordinary
people" and segments from the field "expressing his curiosity
and humor," Netflix <NFLX.O>, said in a statement. The show will
premiere next year.
"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 joked in a statement.
Known for his quick wit, sarcasm, offbeat humor and silly
stunts, Letterman interviewed top stars and political figures on
more than 6,000 episodes over 33 years in late-night television.
He told Hollywood trade paper Variety on Tuesday that he has one
interview already booked for the first Netflix show but would
not reveal the name.
"It's somebody who means a great deal to me," he said. "The
upbringing of this person is so multi-faceted it makes your head
Letterman said he was looking forward to doing weightier
material and longer interviews than his "Late Show" format
"I'd like to talk to President Trump. I've known the guy for
25-30 years," he told Variety. "I'd like to go back to New York
where he was a kid and start there. I'd like to just ask him
about the change in him as a man, where did it come from, how
did it begin and where is it going."
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He said he would also like to interview Pope Francis.
Letterman, who has grown a large white beard since leaving "The Late
Show" in May 2015, was succeeded on the CBS <CBS.N> show by Stephen
Letterman is just the latest in a long line of big names to join the
roster of Netflix's growing original content slate, which includes
Chelsea Handler's weekly talk show "Chelsea."
The Letterman news comes a day after Netflix made its first
acquisition, purchasing comics publisher Millarworld and bringing on
board a host of character franchises it can mine for TV shows and
Netflix last month reported second-quarter revenue of $2.79 billion
and net income of $65.6 million.
(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Bill Trott and Sandra Maler)
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