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For Netflix fans who are feeling a bit nostalgic, there’s good news. David Letterman is back behind the desk!
Letterman is hosting a Netflix series of interviews, called My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. Many fans from Letterman’s Late Show days will recognize this as one of his catchphrases.
And even more nostalgic, the show will debut on January 12th with none other than former President Barack Obama.
Netflix is promoting the debut episode as “Obama’s first television talk show appearance since leaving office.”
The show will feature a new interview every month. Additionally, Letterman has lined up some truly epic guests who do not, in fact, need any introduction. This includes Malala Yousafzai, Tina Fey, and George Clooney.
Netflix also promises a new monthly episode every month throughout 2018, with a guest specially picked by Letterman as “fascinating.”
The streaming Network is working with Letterman and his production company, Worldwide Pants, Inc. and RadicalMedia productions.
Netflix also reveals that the show will feature field segments. Letterman will be reporting from a variety of locations, so he can dig deeper into topics surrounding each special guest.
Now out of retirement, Letterman tells audiences:
“I can’t tell you how great it is to be out of the d*mned house. Wow.”
Letterman announced the show’s development last year. In a statement, Letterman said of his 2015 retirement from the late night talk show scene:
“Here’s what I have learned, if you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first.” — David Letterman.
Letterman rose to prominence as the host of Late Night in 1982. Critics and fans fell for his dry wit and offbeat sense of humor. Because of this, he earned his own show, The Late Show with David Letterman.
CBS launched the new Letterman show to compete with NBC’s The Tonight Show after the retirement of TV icon, Johnny Carson. Carson was replaced with Jay Leno, a move that alienated a lot of Letterman fans. These fans also tuned into Carson’s show to watch Letterman’s younger, hipper Late Night afterward.
Letterman retired from The Late Show in 2015. After 33 years in the field, this made him the longest-serving late night talk show host in American television history.
Letterman has won several Emmys, a prestigious Peabody Award, and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
The 70-year-old performer seems to be itching to get back into the spotlight. And Netflix has been nothing but accommodating.
The streaming network has lured more than one legendary comedic talent back onto the small screen recently.
Netflix is also working with Ellen DeGeneres for her first stand up special in 15 years.
Nostalgia fans rejoice. Whether you’re a fan of Letterman or President Obama, next Friday will have you riveted to your screen.
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