The longest-serving host in US late night television, David Letterman, will be making a return to TV for a new series on Netflix premiering in 2018.

The soon-to-be-named show will feature six episodes, combining two of David’s best talents: In-depth interviews with extraordinary people and in-the-field segments expressing his curiosity and humour.

“I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix,” said David. “Here’s what I have learned, if you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first.”

Netflix is the world’s leading internet television network with 104 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films.

Chief Content Officer at Netflix Ted Sarandos said meeting David Letterman for the first time was a “thrill.”

“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.”

In his 33 years on late-night television, David Letterman hosted 6,028 episodes of Late Night (NBC) and The Late Show (CBS), and is the longest-running late-night broadcaster in American history.

As a writer, performer and producer, Letterman is one of the most-nominated individuals in Emmy Award history, with 52 nominations, resulting in 10 wins.

Letterman is also renowned as an interviewer, sharing the stage with U.S. presidents, cabinet officials, Medal of Honor recipients, and virtually every presidential candidate for more than 20 years.

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