The streaming video giant announced Tuesday that the former CBS “Late Show” host has signed on to do a six-episode talk show that will premiere in 2018.
It will be Letterman's first series since retiring from late-night TV in May 2015 after a 33-year run across two networks. The 69-year-old comic’s only TV job since has been as host of an episode of National Geographic Channel’s “Years of Living Dangerously.”
“I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix,” Letterman said 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.”
In the new series, which does not yet have a name, Letterman will conduct one in-depth interview with a guest per hourlong episode and will appear in segments produced outside a studio setting.
The show is being produced by RadicalMedia, which made the Netflix documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?” and special “Oh, Hello on Broadway,” and by Letterman’s company Worldwide Pants.