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David Letterman Signs Deal for Six Episode Series on Netflix

New Series to Debut in 2018

David Letterman, the longest-serving host in U.S. late night television, is returning to the small screen in a yet-to-be-titled, six episode series on Netflix. The show will combine in-depth conversations and in-the-field segments. In each hour-long episode, Letterman will conduct a long-form conversation with a singular guest – and will also explore topics on his own, away from the studio. The series is set to premiere in 2018.

“I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix,” said Letterman. “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.”

“Just meeting David Letterman was a thrill; imagine how exciting it is for me to announce that we will be working together,” added Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix. “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.”

The project is being produced by RadicalMedia, the company behind Netflix’s “What Happened, Miss Simone?,” “Oh Hello on Broadway” and “Abstract: The Art of Design,”and Letterman’s Worldwide Pants.

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Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  • moshane58

    I read an article just a few days ago Netflix is over 20 million dollars in debt over making it’s own series.

    • Actually, it stated 20 billion in debt which Netflix later denied because that figure accounts for future projects that haven’t yet been brought to series. They did confirm they are in debt for $5 billion which is still disappointing.

      • moshane58

        How will they be able to continue at this rate.