CBS to air David Letterman primetime special next month

David LettermanAhead of David Letterman’s retirement from the Late Show, CBS have announced plans to air a primetime special honouring his career in late night TV.

The programme, David Letterman: A Life On Television, will air on CBS on Monday 4th May at 9:30/8:30c and will be hosted by comedian Ray Romano.

Ray Romano seems the perfect choice to host this special as he got his big break in 1995 when he was booked to perform a standup routine on the Late Show With David Letterman, and he had huge worldwide success with his role in Everybody Loves Raymond which was produced by Letterman’s production company Worldwide Pants.

It will be interesting to see if CBS manage to get the rights to air any of Dave’s old Late Night footage from NBC or whether this will be an all-CBS affair.

The official press release from CBS:

CBS will salute David Letterman and his legendary broadcasting career with David Letterman: A Life On Television, a 90-minute primetime special celebrating his more than three decades in television.

The special will be hosted by Emmy Award-winner Ray Romano, whose own career was propelled by a 1995 stand-up appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman.

The special will mine the video vault with highlights including some of the best of Letterman’s interviews with presidents, world leaders, sports figures and the biggest names in entertainment and music. Also, it will feature memorable moments from Letterman’s trademark show segments, including the Top Ten List, Stupid Pet and Human Tricks, as well as signature stunts that played out against the backdrop of his beloved New York City. The special will also look at some of the most important and poignant moments he has given audiences, including Letterman’s Late Show broadcast from Sept. 17, 2001, the show’s first broadcast after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

When he retires on May 20, Letterman will have hosted 6,028 late-night talk show broadcasts over 33 years, spanning his time on “Late Night” and the Late Show, more than any other late-night talk show host. He and his shows have been honored with numerous accolades, including 16 Emmy Awards and a staggering 112 Emmy nominations, a 1992 Peabody Award and a prestigious 2012 Kennedy Center Honor. Through his more than three decades on television, Letterman has been credited with changing the talk show genre, providing viewers nightly with an unpredictable hour of inspired interviews and innovative comedy. He has given audiences one-of-a-kind talk show moments with superstars and unknowns, budding comics and headliners, emerging musicians and established legends, top politicians and fascinating human interest guests, while sharing his own personal stories with viewers, becoming one of the most influential broadcasters in television.

David Letterman: A Life On Television airs Monday, May 4, at 9:30/8:30c

Jon Stewart announces date of his final Daily Show broadcast

Jon Stewart has confirmed the date he will step down as host of The Daily Show.

His final show will air Thursday 6th August. He made the announcement during the taping of Monday night’s programme.

He told viewers “I will be wearing a suit… I will more than likely be showered”.

Comedian Trevor Noah takes over as Daily Show host later this year. The premiere date for his tenure is yet to be confirmed.

The Hollywood Reporter – “Jon Stewart Announces Date of His Final ‘Daily Show'”

Guests for Letterman’s final Late Show episodes announced

David LettermanA star-studded lineup of guests has been announced by CBS today for the final 28 episodes of the Late Show With David Letterman starting tonight, 13th April.

Alec Baldwin, George Clooney, Billy Crystal, Robert Downey Jr, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Michael J. Fox, Tom Hanks, Jack Hanna, Kevin James, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Keaton, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Sarah Jessica Parker, Don Rickles, Julia Roberts, Ray Romano, Paul Rudd, Jerry Seinfeld, Martin Short, Howard Stern, John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Oprah Winfrey, Elvis Costello, Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer Mumford and Sons and Tom Waits will all make appearances.

The official press release from CBS:

David Letterman, the longest-running host in late night history at 33 years, will begin his final 28 broadcasts of the LATE SHOW tonight, with a star-studded lineup of entertainment guests making their final appearances with him. As previously announced, his final LATE SHOW broadcast is Wednesday, May 20 (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Some of the biggest names in entertainment will make their final appearances with Letterman over the next six weeks, including George Clooney, Robert Downey, Jr., Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Jack Hanna, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Keaton, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Sarah Jessica Parker, Don Rickles, Julia Roberts, Ray Romano, Paul Rudd, Jerry Seinfeld, Martin Short, Howard Stern, John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Oprah Winfrey, The Avett Brothers and Brandi Carlile, Elvis Costello, Dave Matthews Band, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Mumford and Sons, Ralph Stanley and Amos Lee, and many more names to be announced in the coming weeks.

Guests confirmed for the week of April 13 include Sarah Jessica Parker, 2015 Masters champion Jordan Spieth and music guests Asleep at the Wheel (April 13); Billy Crystal, THE TALK co-host Julie Chen, and country music artist and “50th Academy of Country Music Awards” nominee Chris Stapleton (April 14); Michael J. Fox, actress Amy Sedaris and musical guests Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell (April 15); Kevin James, comedian Tom Dreesen, and musical guest Tracy Chapman (April 16); and Alec Baldwin and musical guest John Mayer (April 17).

The LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN is a production of Worldwide Pants Incorporated. Barbara Gaines, Matt Roberts, Jude Brennan and Rob Burnett are the executive producers. Jerry Foley is the director.

A complete lineup hasn’t been fully announced yet as there are some surprise guests expected before Letterman closes up as host of the Late Show on Wednesday 20th May.

Keep an eye on our US Guest Listings section for the latest guest bookings.