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David Letterman Returning to TV With Netflix Talk Show ( 70

Lesley Goldberg, writing for The Hollywood Reporter: Two years after signing off CBS' The Late Show, David Letterman is returning to the small screen. The longest-serving host in U.S. late-night TV history is set to topline a new talk show for Netflix. The untitled six-episode series will premiere in 2018. Unlike The Late Show, each hourlong episode of the Netflix series will be prerecorded and feature Letterman conducting longform conversations with a singular guest as well as exploring topics on his own -- outside of the studio. A guest list has not yet been revealed. "I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix. 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 said.
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David Letterman Returning to TV With Netflix Talk Show

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  • What? (Score:5, Funny)

    by DontBeAMoran ( 4843879 ) on Tuesday August 08, 2017 @12:17PM (#54966483)

    David Letterman is returning to the small screen.

    I have a 2000" TV, you insensitive clod!


  • Jay Leno (Score:4, Funny)

    by dbialac ( 320955 ) on Tuesday August 08, 2017 @12:17PM (#54966485)
    ...has been overheard plotting ways to outmaneuver him and grab the slot.
  • "if you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first."

  • Actress Lauren Hutton had a one-on-one show in the mid-90's called "Lauren Hutton And..." [], and it was very good. It was more like a casual conversation without contrived softball questions, similar maybe to "Fresh Air" by Terry Gross. Unfortunately, I was one of only a few who liked it so it only lasted one season.

  • Content like this would be more compelling with live streams. You can always go back and watch earlier aired content but there is something compelling about watching events like this as they happen.
  • by Tempest_2084 ( 605915 ) on Tuesday August 08, 2017 @12:40PM (#54966777)
    Who never found Letterman funny? I tried and tried to see what my friends saw in him (they all thought he was the be all and end all of comedy), but for whatever reason I never 'got it'. Maybe it was just his style of humor, but other than his top ten lists (which I admit were funny most of the time) most of his jokes just fell flat with me. It always seemed like he would make a random statement, look over to Paul (who would mumble something unintelligible), then Letterman would laugh like he just told the punchline and then stare at the camera for a bit making odd faces while the audience burst into laughter for a minute or two.

    Not that I liked Leno or anything (please stop telegraphing the punchline for 5 min while you set up a painfully unfunny joke), but at least what he was doing seemed like an attempt at humor to me. Letterman always seemed to be an experiment to simulate a new form of humor that wasn't working.
    • by mcmonkey ( 96054 )

      Who never found Letterman funny?


      Also, your experiment to start a sentence in the subject and finish it in the comment isn't working.

      On the less snarky side, what Letterman did was about half parody of a talk show host (in the same vein as Steve Martin's stage comedy was a parody of stand-up comedians) and about half homage to/theft of old Ernie Kovacs routines.

      If you don't know who Ernie Kovacs is, then it's understandable that you might not get the joke.

      • >> Yes

        Ok, I'm honestly willing to accept that. Sometimes certain people just don't 'get' certain types of humor. I guess I'm just one of those people.
        • No. Letterman just is not funny. I always thought it was snarky humour for stupid people who like to think they are superior. Works for average intelligence people, but smart people don't like to be condescended to by a stupid sarcastic guy.
    • Yeah, while I never found either particularly funny, whenever I'd flip between the two channels, people would laugh at Leno's jokes and applaud Letterman's jokes. The audience was just happy to be there and understood their part. But they almost never laughed, it was strange.

    • Tempest - your point is well taken. What happens is a LOT of humor is like religion or art. Recognition of it serves as a loci around which a Resource Sharing Group (Mennonites, Matisse enthusiasts, Letterman fans) can self organize. Letterman was extremely influential in entertainment and thus benefited from the aggregate loci of Bill Murray, Tom Hanks, and every other celeb who loved him. A very long run for any locus and its orbiting Resource Sharing Groups also results in inside jokes. Look at the insid
  • That's a relief! We were running short of people spending all of their airtime bashing deplorables and Trump. I mean, there's almost nobody doing that anymore, so somebody has to pick up the slack.
  • I gave up on Dave...all that money changed him. He turned into a sex crazed liberal moron. I guess living in the "Hamptons" (north east USA) does that to people. With him being on Netflicks, he'll be able to cuss, call anyone he wants anything he wants...other than a curiosity, I can't see people paying extra, if that is what happens, for this crap. Just retire and GO AWAY.
  • by Bender Unit 22 ( 216955 ) on Tuesday August 08, 2017 @02:33PM (#54968009) Journal

    I'd prefer Craig Ferguson. He had some bloody good shows. []

    Perhaps the only late night talk show I miss.
    Of course not all the shows where good but I liked them.

  • Here's what I have learned, if you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first.

    Sounds like they didn't like him either.

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