Netflix is reaping rewards from its collaboration with long time US late-night host, David Letterman.
After tweeting that the former CBS Late Show veteran's new monthly interview show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, will debut in a week with Barack Obama, Netflix saw a Letterman tick-up of almost two percentage points.
The debut will have an all-star guest line-up on 12 January, and will also include George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Tina Fey, Howard Stern and Jay-Z.
Letterman is the longest-serving host in US late-night television. In 33 years, he hosted 6,028 episodes of Late Night (NBC) and The Late Show (CBS). The show, which Netflix announced in August, will find the funnyman out in the wild interviewing people he finds interesting. The six-episode series has Letterman combining two interests for which he is renowned: in-depth conversations with extraordinary people, and in-the-field segments expressing his curiosity and humour. In each hour-long episode, Letterman will conduct a long-form conversation with a singular guest and will also explore topics on his own, away from the studio.
Said Letterman: “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.”
"Just meeting David Letterman was a thrill; imagine how exciting it is for me to announce that we will be working together," said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. “David Letterman is a true television icon, and I can’t wait to see him out in the wild, out from behind the desk and interviewing the people he finds most interesting. We’ll have to see if he keeps the beard.”