9:00am PT by Rick Porter
David Letterman's Netflix Talk Show Renewed for Season 2
David Letterman — and his beard — are returning to Netflix.
The streaming service has picked up a second season of Letterman's talk show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. Like the first run, season two will have six episodes and include long interviews with guests that the long-time late-night host finds interesting, along with some taped pieces.
The new season will air sometime in 2019; no firm date is set at the moment.
Guests in the first season of the show included former President Barack Obama, George Clooney, Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, Jay-Z, Tina Fey and Howard Stern. The show earned an Emmy nomination for outstanding informational series.
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction comes from Letterman's Worldwide Pants and Zero Point Zero Productions (Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown). Executive producers are Lydia Tenaglia, Sandy Zweig, Chris Collins and Chris Cechin-De la Rosa for Zero Point Zero and Tom Keaney and Mary Barclay for Worldwide Pants.
The renewal lends some stability to Netflix's efforts at talk shows, which haven't gone as smoothly as the streamer's forays into other programming have. Daily talker Chelsea, starring Chelsea Handler, ran for two seasons, but weekly shows with Joel McHale and Michelle Wolf were both canceled after 10-episode runs, while Norm Macdonald has a show that is currently in limbo.
Netflix made a big upfront commitment to Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj, ordering 32 episodes at the outset.