Ahead 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