David Letterman Headed Back to Talk TV With Netflix Series

David Letterman, who said goodbye to his long-running CBS talk show two years ago, will say hello to TV again with a new show for Netflix.

Netflix announced Tuesday that the six-episode series has Letterman combining two primary interests: in-depth conversations, and in-the-field segments sparked by his curiosity and humor. In each hour-long episode, Letterman will conduct a long-form conversation with a single guest, and explore topics of his own outside the studio.

The as-yet-untitled series is set to premiere in 2018.

In 33 years on late-night television, Letterman hosted 6,028 episodes of NBC’s “Late Night” and CBS’ “Late Show,” and is the longest-running late-night broadcaster in American history. He stepped down from “Late Show” in May 2015. (AP)

Craig Ferguson Announces Late-Night Retirement

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Craig Ferguson says he is stepping down as host of CBS’ “The Late Late Show” this year.

CBS says Ferguson made the announcement to his studio audience Monday.

It’s the second late-night retirement for CBS, with David Letterman’s decision to leave “Late Show” in 2015. Letterman will be succeeded by Stephen Colbert.

Ferguson says he will retire this December. CBS did not announce who will replace him. (AP)

NBC Taps Seth Meyers as Next Emmys Host

Seth Meyers will take his late-night act to prime time as the next host of the Emmy Awards.

NBC, home to Meyers in his long stint on “Saturday Night Live” and his new late-night talk show, announced late Thursday that he’ll host the 66th edition of the Emmys set to air on the network Aug. 25.

Neil Patrick Harris hosted in 2013.

It will be telecast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

The 40-year-old Meyers, himself an Emmy winner, debuted as host of “Late Night With Seth Meyers” in February, taking over the slot of Jimmy Fallon, who moved on to “The Tonight Show.”

Before that he had been on “SNL” since 2001 and served as the show’s head writer since 2006. (AP)

David Letterman to Retire From ‘Late Show’ in 2015

David Letterman says he’s retiring next year as host of “Late Show.”

During a taping of Thursday’s show, Letterman said he has informed his CBS bosses that he will step down in 2015, when his current contract expires. He told his audience he expects his departure will be “at least a year or so” from now.

Letterman turns 67 next week. He has the longest tenure of any late-night talk show host in U.S. television history, nearing 32 years since he created “Late Night” at NBC in 1982. He jumped to CBS to start “Late Show” in 1993.

Jay Leno, his rival to host NBC’s “Tonight Show,” retired earlier this year, making way for Jimmy Fallon.

“The man who owns this network, Leslie Moonves, he and I have had a relationship for years and years and years, and we have had this conversation in the past, and we agreed that we would work together on this circumstance and the timing of this circumstance. And I phoned him just before the program, and I said ‘Leslie, it’s been great, you’ve been great, and the network has been great, but I’m retiring,’” said Letterman.

“I just want to reiterate my thanks for the support from the network, all of the people who have worked here, all of the people in the theater, all the people on the staff, everybody at home, thank you very much. What this means now, is that Paul and I can be married.”

“We don’t have the timetable for this precisely down – I think it will be at least a year or so, but sometime in the not too distant future, 2015 for the love of God, in fact, Paul and I will be wrapping things up,” he added, to a standing ovation from the audience in the Ed Sullivan Theater.

(CBS, AP)

New Host Seth Meyers Lands at ‘Late Night’ Monday

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The last piece of NBC’s big talk-show turnover will fall into place Monday when Seth Meyers debuts as host of “Late Night.”

Until early this month, Meyers was a “Saturday Night Live” veteran and co-anchor of its “Weekend Update” newscast. Now he’s filling the vacancy left by Jimmy Fallon after five years hosting “Late Night.”

Fallon, of course, moved up last week to be host of “The Tonight Show,” replacing Jay Leno.

Scheduled guests for “Late Night with Seth Meyers” include Vice President Joe Biden and Meyers’ former “Weekend Update” co-anchor, Amy Poehler, as well as the band A Great Big World.

Another “SNL” alum, Fred Armisen, will be on hand as Meyers’ resident bandleader.

“Late Night” airs at 12:35 a.m. Eastern time. (AP)

Fallon’s ‘Tonight’ Debut Gets 11.3 Million Viewers

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Jimmy Fallon’s start as host of “The Tonight Show” is a ratings winner for NBC.

Nielsen company figures released Tuesday show 11.3 million people tuned in to watch Fallon’s New York debut on Monday night.

It was the second-biggest audience for “Tonight” since May 2009, when Jay Leno stepped down for Conan O’Brien’s brief run as host.

Fallon’s “Tonight” debut also fell short of the 14.6 million who tuned in Feb. 6 to see Leno sign off, again, after 22 years as host in Burbank.

Enjoying a post-Winter Olympics time slot, Fallon drew 2 million-plus viewers more than O’Brien’s June 2009 “Tonight” opening audience of nearly 9.2 million.

NBC says Fallon’s “Tonight” debut, with guests Will Smith and U2, was up 71% over his Feb. 6 “Late Night” farewell’s audience of 6.6 million, (AP)

First Night for ‘Tonight Show’ Host Jimmy Fallon

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Former “Late Night” host Jimmy Fallon makes his much-anticipated debut Monday as star of NBC’s “Tonight Show.”

Scheduled guests are U2 and Will Smith, as the TV institution returns to New York after four decades on the West Coast. It airs at a special time, midnight Eastern time.

Fallon, who had hosted “Late Night” since 2009, moves up to the job Jay Leno held for much of the past 22 years until his recent departure from the “Tonight” host chair.

The 39-year-old Fallon first found stardom as a cast member and “Weekend Update” co-anchor on “Saturday Night Live.” He left “SNL” in 2004 to pursue a movie career, but was met with less success in that arena. (AP)