David Letterman‘s return to television is set for Jan. 12 when his new Netflix series debuts. The title is a mouthful — “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman” — but the line-up merits such a moniker. Kicking off the show is President Barack Obama in what will be his first talk show appearance since leaving office one year ago — so both he and Letterman know what it’s like to have recently stepped down from an iconic gig. The subsequent five episodes, which will debut monthly, will see Letterman sit down with George Clooney, Tina Fey, Jay-Z, Howard Stern and Nobel prize laureate Malala Yousafzai.
In the teaser clip above, Letterman readily admits, “You never know when you might learn something, and that’s what this is about for me. These are people that I admire.” In addition, each of the installments will include in-the-field segments that embody his “curiosity and desire to dig to dig deeper on a specific topic related to the iconic guest featured in the episode.”
Unlike his idol, Johnny Carson, Letterman decided to return to the spotlight after retiring from late-night talk after 33 years in 2015. He hosted CBS’s “The Late Show” for 22 years, and before that he had presided over NBC’s “Late Night,” which was produced by Carson, for 11 years. But will “My Next Guest” bring Letterman back to the Emmys, where his “Late Show” once dominated? If so it wouldn’t be the first streaming series to break through for Best Variety Talk Series: Jerry Seinfeld did it in 2016 with “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” on Crackle.