Two years and change after retiring from “The Late Show” and late-night hosting, David Letterman is coming out of retirement. At least partially.
Netflix announced Tuesday that Letterman will front a new series for the streaming service. The first season is set to run six episodes and will debut next year.
The untitled show will feature a single, long-form interview with “extraordinary people” along with field pieces that, per a Netflix press release, “express his curiosity and humor.”
“I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix,” Letterman says in a statement. “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.”
The 70-year-old Letterman retired from “The Late Show” in 2015, ending a 33-year career as a late-night host. He has expressed no desire to return to the grind of a daily talk show but did imply in an interview with Vulture earlier this year he might be interested in the sort of thing that sounds an awful lot like the new show.
Letterman’s company, Worldwide Pants, will produce the new series along with RadicalMedia (“What Happened, Miss Simone?”). There’s no word yet on a specific premiere date, named producers or whether Letterman will shave his prodigious retirement beard before going back on camera.