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Episodes: 4,263 (62 minutes)
TV show dates: August 30, 1993 -- May 20, 2015
Series status: Ended
TV show description:
Derived from Late Night With David Letterman, this Emmy Award-winning late night talk show was born as David Letterman switched networks from NBC to CBS. It's produced by Letterman's production company Worldwide Pants Incorporated and follows much the same format as its predecessor.
Foo Fighters, David Letterman's favorite band, appeared on the final episode of the host's Late Show to deliver a fiery, emotional and extended rendition of the band's 1997 single "Everlong." The band once performed the song, by request, after Letterman's open-heart surgery in 2000. And on Wednesday night Dave Grohl and his outfit once again broke out their anthem at the Ed Sullivan Theatre to soundtrack the finale's epic montage, a rapid-fire series of clips featuring hundreds of Late Show highlights. Even as the elongated "Everlong" cruised past the six-minute barrier »
Wednesday night will mark the end of an era for late-night TV: The David Letterman Decades. But as Dave waves goodbye after 33 years on TV, so will his executive producer, former head writer, production company president, CEO and longtime collaborator. By the way, those are all the same guy: Rob Burnett. Burnett began his career with Letterman in 1985 as a 22-year-old intern. In 1988, he joined the writing staff of “Late Night with David Letterman,” becoming head writer four years later. He moved with Letterman from NBC to CBS, where he continued as top scribe through 1996. That year, the five-time Emmy. »
- Tony Maglio
Everyone is talking about whatever contact they may have had with David Letterman this week, and I’m no different.
I’ve mentioned before that I believe some of the reasons I ended up working at DC Comics almost 27 years ago was because I could pitch softball better than what most people there and that the guy I was interviewing with was the head of the company softball team, and that I went to the game that was scheduled to be against the crew from Late Night With David Letterman.
What I’ve never mentioned before now is that somebody in the DC production department had devised their own strategy to psych out the other team, and had written the entire thing out on big pieces of cardboard, like cue cards.
When the game was forfeited, the giant cards were left behind on the field— and I, being a true »
- Glenn Hauman
Bill Murray can even make falling off a chair while drunk seem charming and charismatic! The 64-year-old actor appeared on Tuesday night's penultimate episode of Late Night With David Letterman where he hilariously jumped out of a cake and chugged vodka with the 68-year-old late night host. But all that drinking may have been a little to much for Murray to handle because his appearance on MSNBC's The Last Word later that night didn't go so smoothly. First Murray drunkenly stumbled onto the Last Word set while host Lawrence O'Donnell was still discussing Elizabeth Warren. O'Donnell convinced Murray to head backstage until his segment. Later on, the St. Vincent star made his way back to the »
David Letterman will bid farewell to his Late Show tonight with a surprise-filled (and Foo Fighters-featuring) finale, but before the late-night legend says goodbye to airwaves, take 45 minutes to remember Letterman at the onset of his 33-year career. Decider unearthed Letterman's incredible debut episode of his Late Night NBC program from February 1, 1982, which featured guests Bill Murray and Donald "Mr. Wizard" Herbert.
Tonight, David Letterman signs off, leaving a late night legacy that began in 1982 on NBC with Late Night with David Letterman. Now a legend, Letterman’s 33 years in nightly broadcast talk show were alternately pioneering in late night comedy, and carrying a tradition of those that came before, including Steve Allen and Johnny Carson.…
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- Samuel Zimmerman
ABC and NBC late night show hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Seth Meyers paid tribute to David Letterman last night. First, Kimmel explained he got hooked as a kid, staying up late at night to draw in his room, during which he would “watch a television show called Late Night With David Letterman. And, if you watched it, it was lot like Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, in that they had guests and an audience and a band. But it was weird; it was totally original, primarily… »
As we inch toward to an 11:35 p.m. time slot without David Letterman, many of today's hosts have paid tribute to the man who changed the face of late-night television. Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Fallon have already honored the influential Letterman, and on Tuesday's Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel delivered an emotional monologue where he thanked Letterman for single-handedly inspiring his career in entertainment.
In a teary remembrance — Kimmel had to stop numerous times to compose himself — the host shared staying up late at night to "watch a television show »
Right around the stroke of midnight on Wednesday (eastern time, of course), Jimmy Kimmel ushered in David Letterman‘s last day as the host of Late Night with a tear-filled speech to his personal hero.
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“I want to say something if I could,” the Jimmy Kimmel Live! host begins in the video above. “I wanted to be an artist when I was a kid, and every night I would sit at my desk in my room and draw until it was very late. And while I was doing that, »
Last year’s announcement that David Letterman would be retiring was met with great sadness in viewers of a certain age, but indifference by younger audiences, who largely thought of him (if at all) as that old guy who fought with Jay Leno over some show none of them ever watched. And with the final Letterman episode coming up on Wednesday, no number of think pieces can explain how big a deal this departure is in the history of modern television. In large part, this is because some of the most powerful material is locked in a vault at 30 Rock and, luckily for millennials interested in learning more, hidden deeper on the web. In his NBC days, Late Night With David Letterman rewrote the script for what could be done on network television when it seemed like no one was watching. With its low-budget, do-it-yourself vibe whose influence can be »
- Ivan Cohen
Before they were rivals, Jay Leno was a stand-up comedian and a frequent guest on David Letterman's first talk show. The two look really chummy in this clip from the early '80s. Leno talks about life on the road as a comic and how young comedians consult him about how to score an appearance on Letterman's show. It's so crazy to see both the tenured late-night hosts 30 years younger and completely unaware of what's in store for their futures. Late Night With David Letterman ran on NBC from 1982 to 1993 before the host hopped over to CBS to host the Late Show With David Letterman, directly in opposition to The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Late-night TV would never be the same . . . »
David Letterman has garnered millions of fans during his three decades on television, but only a few can say their admiration for the latenight host truly inspired their very own career. Jimmy Kimmel is one of them.
“David Letterman, growing up, was my Jesus to the point where it’s embarrassing,” Kimmel said at Variety‘s Actors on Actors Emmy Studio.
In discussion with Kerry Washington at Variety‘s studio, Kimmel fessed up to his obsession for Letterman, as he had his own dreams on bursting onto the latenight scene.
“You know, I had ‘L8NIGHT’ written on my my license plate. It was personalized,” he admitted, giving a nod to Letterman’s first latenight series, which premiered in 1982 on NBC and ran for 11 seasons before he famously left for CBS. Kimmel added, “I had a Letterman jacket … my 16th birthday cake said, you know, ‘Late Night With David Letterman’ with the cake. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
If something as groundbreaking and culturally influential as Late Night With David Letterman were to premiere today, would we recognize it right away? My initial hunch was no — I mean, who among us hasn’t been guilty of a laughably grievous and humiliating misjudgment based solely on a show’s premiere episode? — until I actually went back and watched the very first episode of Late Night and was reminded just how weird and wonderful and obviously groundbreaking it was. If, as has been argued persuasively elsewhere, you can find the seeds of a show’s ending by returning to its beginning, this seems an opportune time to revisit Letterman’s late-night debut, which aired way back on February 1, 1982. And, reader, I’m here to report that it’s not only the most refreshing thing you’d be likely to find on TV 33 years ago, but the most refreshing thing you »
- Adam Sternbergh
My first day at Late Night With David Letterman, head writer Steve O’Donnell ended the morning meeting by calling out, “We could use some manhoos!” I had no idea what he was talking about. So I grabbed another writer, who explained, “You know at the top of the show when the announcer says, ‘And now, a man who …’” Ah. Of course. It was one of the things I admired about the show: With the opening wisecrack about New York and subsequent manhoo, Late Night offered viewers two jokes before the actual program even started. That sort of effort took a lot of comedic horsepower. In 33 years, more than 90 writers churned out countless monologue jokes, remotes, and desk pieces. Some stayed for decades. Others, like me, passed through briefly. But we all had one thing in common: the desire to get Dave’s approval. It wasn’t easy.“I really »
- Nell Scovell
As David Letterman enters his final weeks as Late Show host, following a late-night career that has spanned more than three decades, many of his favorite guests have stopped by the Ed Sullivan Theater to bid farewell to him. Since Conan O'Brien, who took the reins of NBC's Late Night program after Letterman left to host CBS' Late Show in 1993, is likely too busy filming his own show to visit Letterman, he penned a touching tribute for Entertainment Weekly to the man who inspired him to venture into late night. »
Who has appeared on David Letterman's late-night shows more than any other guest? CBS on Thursday release a list of fun facts and figures from the host's 33 years in late night, including his current show, Late Show With David Letterman, and well as his NBC series Late Night With David Letterman. It turns out that Regis Philbin has the most Late Show appearances, with a total of 136, followed by Jack Hanna (75), Tony Randall (70), Marv Albert (53) and Tom Brokaw (49). Albert, meanwhile, holds the record for most Late Night appearances with 73, followed by Richard
- Kimberly Nordyke
The numbers have been crunched on David Letterman’s 33-year run in latenight. As of his final night on May 20, Letterman will have presided over 6,028 broadcasts in latenight, counting his 1982-93 run at NBC in addition to his CBS tenure.
Here’s the rundown released today by CBS:
“Late Night With David Letterman” had 1,810 broadcasts and ran for 595 weeks. “The Late Show With David Letterman” has had 4,214 broadcasts, as well as four primetime specials, and has run for 1,135 weeks.
The first face to appear on both “Late Night” and the “Late Show” was that of Calvert DeForest (or, as he was known on “Late Night,” “Larry ‘Bud’ Melman”).
Bill Murray was the first guest on the premiere broadcasts of both “Late Night” on Feb. 1, 1982, and “The Late Show” on CBS on August 30, 1993. As of May 20, 2015, he will have appeared on Letterman’s latenight talk shows 44 times: 12 appearances on “Late Night”; 32 on the “Late Show. »
- Variety Staff
Over a year ago, Synth Wave group Future Islands made their debut on Late Night with David Letterman, and completely blew away everyone who saw vocalist Samuel Herring’s stage antics for the first time. Check out last year’s performance:He howls, he beats his chest and there’s a passion behind his eyes not one artist out there has come close to matching. Herring feels his lyrics and acts them out, almost in theatrical display. When they performed “Seasons (Waiting for You)” on the show, they went viral overnight. The video of the performance has rack millions of views and Future Islands […] »
- Kieran MacIntyre
That last Ant-Man trailer was above and beyond the first one, but I find that clips reveal far more about the quality of a full feature so have been especially eager to see a lengthier scene from the film. During an appearance on Late Night With David Letterman, Paul Rudd unveiled some footage and while there's absolutely nothing wrong with the material, it is a bit underwhelming for a first clip from the film. However, clips for talk shows do tend to be simple and brief in order to familiarize the viewership with the material quickly, so perhaps the first one to pop up on Marvel's YouTube page will be a bit more comprehensive and exciting than this. Check out the Ant-Man clip below. The film opens July 17th and also stars Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Abby Ryder Fortson, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris, Judy Greer,Gregg Turkington, »
- Perri Nemiroff
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