David Letterman Scores Barack Obama as First Guest on Netflix Talk Show

06 January, 2018, 02:14 | Author: Ruben Patrick
  • US President Barack Obama applauds alongside former talk show host David Letterman during a celebration of the 5th anniversary of Joining Forces and the 75th anniversary of the USO at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland

The first episode will premiere on Friday, January 12, 2018 with each subsequent episode streaming monthly from February to June.

But just to be sure, it's slapped another name on the inaugural talk show marquee, one certain to allure the on-the-fence curious: former U.S. President Barack Obama.

This is the first time Netflix hasn't made every episode of a series that has already been completed available to binge, so Letterman must have been pretty adamant about that when finalizing the deal. The new series marks Letterman's first regular series since leaving his post as host of CBS's The Late Show in May 2015. Interviews will take place both inside and outside a studio setting. Having President Obama as his first guest is an attention-grabbing "get" in show biz circles, allowing Letterman to stretch his legs comedically while tackling bigger issues - and without worrying about angering advertisers.

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Netflix announced the Letterman series in August.

The company, home to shows such as House of Cards and Stranger Things, streams to most countries in the world and has a customer base of about 115.6 million.

As hinted with the series's title, Letterman's latest show will be largely interview-based: according to a press release, each hour-long installment will feature "one extraordinary figure whom Dave finds fascinating".

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