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)

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Trump-Hosted ‘Saturday Night Live’ Draws 9.3 Million Viewers

Donald Trump couldn’t beat the team of Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake.

Last Saturday’s Trump-hosted “Saturday Night Live” averaged 9.3 million viewers, according to final Nielsen figures released Thursday.

NBC says it’s the most-watched edition of “SNL” since December 2013, when Fallon guest-hosted, joined by musical guest Timberlake. That broadcast drew 9.4 million viewers.

Trump’s appearance had been highly anticipated and sparked controversy in the aftermath of remarks made by the GOP presidential hopeful about Mexican immigrants. The show, which also featured musical guest Sia, was roundly panned by critics. (AP)

Nielsen: 13.76 Million Viewers for Letterman’s Last Show

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Comic celebrities turned out for David Letterman’s late-night farewell — and so did his biggest audience in more than 21 years.

The Nielsen company said Thursday that 13.76 million viewers saw Letterman end his 33-year career as a late-night TV host with a final show Wednesday night. The last time Letterman had so many viewers was in February 1994, when his show aired after CBS’ telecast of the Winter Olympics.

More people watched Letterman than anything else in prime time on Wednesday night. Letterman’s final show started at 11:35 p.m. and lasted more than an hour as CBS let it run long.

Jay Leno’s farewell last February was seen by 14.6 million viewers.

Both exits take a back seat to the man who came before them. Johnny Carson’s signoff in 1992 drew more than 41.4 million viewers — more than Letterman and Leno combined. But in fairness, that was a time when most Americans were still getting TV off the air — not through the myriad options viewers have today. (AP)

Emmy Awards Plan Robin Williams Tribute

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The producer of this month’s Emmy Awards says Robin Williams will receive a “meaningful” remembrance during the ceremony.

Producer Don Mischer says plans for the ceremony’s traditional “in memoriam” sequence are under discussion. He said in a statement Thursday that Emmy organizers are still coming to terms with Williams’ death, but they intend to give him the tribute he deserves.

Williams was found dead Monday in his home in Northern California’s Marin County. Officials say he committed suicide.

Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, said Thursday that Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease when he died. He had not made the diagnosis public.

Williams was also struggling with depression and anxiety.

The Emmy Awards will be broadcast Aug. 25 on NBC. (AP)

Jay Leno to Win Nation’s Top Humor Prize in DC

Newly retired from “The Tonight Show,” Jay Leno is now being awarded the nation’s top humor prize by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Leno will be honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor by his fellow comedians in a performance Oct. 19 in Washington. The show will be broadcast nationally in November on PBS.

Kennedy Center Chairman David Rubenstein says Leno followed in the tradition of Twain and has offered a lifetime’s worth of humorous commentary on American life.

In a statement, Leno says he’s a big fan of Twain’s. He said “A Tale of Two Cities” is one of his favorite books. But that novel was written by Charles Dickens.

Since leaving NBC, Leno has gained an international following online with his new creation, JayLenosGarage.com. (AP)

Meyers’ Ratings Top Fallon’s ‘Late Night’ Debut

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Nielsen says Seth Meyers is off to a good start hosting NBC’s “Late Night.”

The premiere of “Late Night with Seth Meyers” averaged 3.4 million viewers in “fast official” ratings from Nielsen. NBC says that’s the biggest audience for a Monday “Late Night” in nine years. The network says it also beat the 2009 debut of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” by more than a half-million viewers.

Fallon began last week as host of “The Tonight Show.” On Monday, he drew 6.3 million viewers. That’s the largest Monday audience for “Tonight” in four years, when Jay Leno returned as host to replace Conan O’Brien.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” topped Monday’s combined audience for CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman” and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in the time period. (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)