Letterman Netflix series gets Obama as first guest: See trailer

The former late-night host is returning to TV with a new talk show called My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, debuting January 12 on Netflix.

US President Barack Obama tapes an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, May 4, 2015.

Netflix said the new series would consist of 60-minute episodes centred around "one extraordinary figure whom Dave finds fascinating" and that the interviews would take place both inside and outside a studio setting.

"My Next Guest Needs No Introduction" marks Letterman's return to the hosting seat following his long run hosting "The Late Show,". The hourlong series will premiere next Friday, and five subsequent episodes will bow monthly through the first half of the year. He will also host Jay-Z, Howard Stern, George Clooney, Tina Fey, and Nobel Prize-winning activist Malala Yousafza.

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Netflix announced the Letterman series in August.

David Letterman is retiring from retirement.

Field segments will bring Letterman to locations far and wide, expressing his curiosity and desire to dig deeper on a specific topic related to the iconic guest featured in the episode. Letterman left "The Late Show" in May 2015 after almost 22 years on CBS including his 11-year run on NBC hosting "Late Night with David Letterman".

This is the first time Letterman has led a series in over two years.

  • Carlos Nash