The series will consist of six hour-long episodes. In each show, Letterman will conduct a long-form interview with a single guest, supplemented by “in-the-field segments expressing his curiosity and humor,” according to Netflix’s press release. Those field segments were among the funniest things Letterman ever did on television (my favorite was and always will be the time he took over the McDonald’s drive-thru, but his trip to Jersey to do lawn work with Siskel and Ebert is a close second), though his high profile made them less frequent in the later years of his CBS show.
“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.”
The as-yet-untitled Letterman series will debut on Netflix in 2018.