David Letterman and his Netflix talk show (and his massive retirement beard) will return for a second season in 2019. My Next Guest Needs No Introduction debuted in January releasing one episode per month (and two in May). Letterman, who decided he didn’t want to work on Fridays when hosting Late Show on CBS, continues to work on his own terms. Six interviews a year and recording some field segments is not a bad gig, especially when you’re making that sweet, sweet Netflix money.
The renewal keeps Letterman in a hosting chair for another year since his CBS departure. Talk shows have not fared well on Netflix, though the streaming giant seems committed to finding a traditional weekly variety show that appeals to a binge-watching audience. Multiple weekly talk shows have tried and failed to capture the adoration of viewers. The Break with Michelle Wolf, The Joel McHale Show, and Chelsea could not stick around for too long before being canceled. Norm Macdonald Has a Show dumped all 10 episodes on the same day in September and its future has yet to be announced. Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj received a very hefty 32-episode order to start and time will tell if it can become a regular part of Netflix subscribers’ viewing habits.
Nearly every episode of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction made headlines in 2018. It helps when you only book the biggest of the biggest celebrities in the world. Letterman’s first season featured interviews with former president Barack Obama, JAY-Z, Malala Yousafzai, George Clooney, Tina Fey, and Howard Stern. Interviewing has always been one of his major strengths, which would explain why we rarely see the field segments show up in a Huffington Post piece. Letterman has been able to pull genuine, sometimes vulnerable, moments out of his A-plus-list guests.
No names have been announced for the second season, but fans can trust the bar will be high for the caliber of celebrity joining Letterman as he avoids being put to pasture just a bit longer.