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)


Netflix Drama ‘House of Cards’ Scores 3rd Season


Netflix says its acclaimed drama “House of Cards” will get a third season.

The online video provider had previously been cagey about the future of the series, which initially received a two-season order of 13 episodes apiece.

It returns with its second season on Feb. 14, when all 13 episodes will join the earlier 13 hours on the Netflix website.

Netflix offered no details concerning production start or release date for the third season’s 13 episodes.

“House of Cards” stars Kevin Spacey as a diabolical former U.S. senator now risen to vice president.

The first season instantly made Netflix a force in the arena of original video content and snagged nine prime-time Emmy nominations. Robin Wright won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Spacey’s scheming wife. (AP)

Top 10 All Time Netflix-Rented Movies Revealed

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed the top 10 most-rented Netflix movies of all time, and the No. 1 film may come as a surprise.

But first, coming in at No. 10 is the Coen brothers’ 2007 adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s Western thriller, “No Country for Old Men.”

Next up, Robert Downey Jr.’s turn as a superhero in the 2008 blockbuster “Iron Man.”

Number eight is last year’s mind-bending sci-fi action flick, “Inception.”

Then we have RDJ again with the action-y “Sherlock Holmes” (2009), and coming in at No. 6 is the 2006 Leo DiCaprio/Scorsese crime thriller “The Departed.”

Now for the top five: 2009 Iraq war drama “The Hurt Locker” is the fifth most-rented Netflix title, and deservedly so; it won six Oscars. Above that we have Brad Pitt aging backwards in the 2008 film “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” The third most popular flick is 2007 oldster comedy-drama “The Bucket List.”

The oldest film on the list, 2004’s Oscar-winning drama “Crash,” comes in at No. 2.

And the most popular Netflix rental of all time is … “The Blind Side”! The feel-good football/adoption tale is at the top of everyone’s queue. Sandra Bullock won an Oscar for her role in the 2009 movie. (CNN)

This list makes no sense to me. I was astounded by this. The Blind Side? I understand Netflix is still somewhat a new company, but this just doesn’t make sense.

What do you think?

Netflix Reviving Axed ‘Arrested Development’

“Arrested Development” is coming back to life on the Netflix video streaming service.

Netflix says the quirky TV comedy series is resuming production and will be available for instant viewing by Netflix subscribers in 2013.

“Arrested Development” aired on Fox for three seasons from 2003 to 2006.

The Emmy-winning show focused on the formerly wealthy Bluth family and included Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Jeffrey Tambor in its cast. Netflix didn’t specify which original cast members might be returning or say how many new episodes were planned in its announcement late Friday.

Earlier this year, Netflix announced that new political drama “House of Cards” will be produced for viewing on the service in 2012. The show will star Kevin Spacey.

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