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David Letterman draws the biggest ratings since 1994 for his “Late Show with David Letterman” finale on Wednesday. His last show in a 33-year late night run brought in 13.8 million viewers, his largest audience since a post-Winter Olympics show on February 25, 1994. The episode featured a performance by Foo Fighters and a Top 10 list read by Alec Baldwin, Jim Carrey, Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Peyton Manning, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, and Barbara Walters. USA Today

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EGOT champ Mel Brooks will present Steve Martin with the AFI Life Achievement Award on June 4 in Hollywood. Brooks himself was the 2013 recipient of the annual honor from the American Film Institute. The program will air June 13 on TBS, and sister station Turner Classic Movies will present an encore on July 30 with an evening of Martin movies. Variety

Michael Ausiello suggests that now is the perfect time for Emmy winner Katherine Heigl to make her “Grey’s Anatomy” return. With the ABC show killing off Patrick Dempsey‘s character of Derek, it will head into a 12th season with less than half of its original ensemble. Heigl herself is at a career crossroads after the failure of “State of Affairs.” He says that it could be a full-time or part-time return as Izzie. TV Line

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Dana Delany hosts the eighth annual Television Academy Honors on May 27 in Beverly Hills. The event celebrates programs “that have used the power of television to shift cultural acceptance and influence the hearts and minds of viewers.” The 2015 honorees are “Black-ish,” “E:60 Dream On,” “The Normal Heart,” “Paycheck to Paycheck,” “Transparent,” and “Virunga.” TV Academy

Triple Oscar winner Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (“Birdman”) will receive the Vanguard Leadership Award from the Sundance Institute. The event will be held on June 2. He follows previous recipients George Gund, Roger Ebert, and Glenn Close. Director Marielle Heller will receive a Vanguard Award for her first feature film “The Diary of a Teenage Girl.” Variety

Several Tony Awards fans are starting a petition that more creative arts categories be presented on the live CBS broadcast. Theatre website The Interval wants the Best Score and Best Book categories as part of the June 7 show hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming. They believe a year in which women might win those categories (especially musical “Fun Home“), it would set a good example for young girls nationwide. Playbill

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