Some celebrities retire and you never hear from them again; recent examples include Sean Connery and Gene Hackman. Others “retire,” yet can’t seem to stay out of the limelight. Add to that list talk show legend David Letterman, who is returning three years after leaving his longtime CBS series with a new show for streaming giant Netflix.
The new series, now revealed to go by the lengthy title My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, will premiere on Friday, January 12.
Don’t expect to see Stupid Pet Tricks or a Top 10 list on this new show, though, as it’s a completely different animal for the veteran host.
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction will be a much more intimate affair, with Letterman spending each episode talking one-on-one with personally selected guests that he admires.
In addition, part of each episode will take place outside of the studio, with Letterman attempting to “dig deeper” into topics related to his guests.
President Barack Obama will be the guest on the show’s debut episode, marking the former commander-in-chief’s first talk who appearance since leaving the White House.
Future guests include comedian Tina Fey, Hollywood powerhouse George Clooney, rapper Jay-Z, activist Malala Yousafzai, and radio host Howard Stern.
Netflix is billing the series as an “event,” with new episodes following an unusual pattern and debuting once a month throughout the upcoming year.
In the first trailer for the show, it’s obvious how different and personal the new show will be, with Letterman continuing to sport the massive gray beard he grew soon after his retirement.
Letterman first came to prominence as the host of Late Night on NBC from 1982-1993. When he lost The Tonight Show to rival Jay Leno, Letterman jumped ship to host The Late Show until 2015 when comedian Stephen Colbert took the reins.