David Letterman was a consistent presence on late night television for 23 years. Starting off on NBC with Late Night with David Letterman in 1982, he followed the Tonight Show for 11 years. When he was passed over to replace Johnny Carson for Jay Leno, Letterman headed to CBS and founded the Late Show with David Letterman in 1993, where he would stay until his retirement in 2015. But Netflix is now pulling him back in to host a monthly talk show with a single guest called My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman.
The synopsis for the series reads:
David Letterman is out of retirement and returning to television with a six-episode, 60-minute Netflix series — My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman. The first episode will premiere on Friday, January 12, 2018 with each subsequent episode streaming monthly from February to June. Dave's lineup of influential guests includes George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Jay-Z, Tina Fey, Howard Stern and President Barack Obama.
From the trailer below, even though it doesn't show him with guests, we see the setup for the show — and it's very different than the standard talk show format. Two chairs are turned towards each other, similar to the way Bill Maher interviews his guest each week on Real Time. It remains to be seen what if any of his previous show he will bring here. Will he perform opening monologues as he used to do? Will there be a top 10 list? This looks to be more of a casual one-on-one show without all the late night trappings.
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman premiers January 12th with first guest President Barack Obama.