— Kyle Slingo (@kyleslingo) August 8, 2017
According to a press release, the yet-to-be-named series will include six hour-long episodes in which he combines "two interests for which he is renowned: in-depth conversations with extraordinary people, and in-the-field segments expressing his curiosity and humor." The series will premiere sometime in 2018.
"I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix," Letterman, 70, said in a statement. "Here’s what I have learned, if you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first. Thanks for watching, drive safely."
Letterman hasn't exactly been a recluse since leaving late night television. He inducted Pearl Jam into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in the spring, he was a celebrity correspondent on National Geographic Channel's doc Years of Living Dangerously, and he has been vocal about criticizing Trump since the election, calling him "a joke of a wealthy guy."
He's also given several interviews where he's hinted at this project. He told the Times last fall that he was looking into doing a TV show that aimed to educate a mass audience on serious subjects. "I keep saying, jeez, I still think I can do something,” he said at the time. "I want that epiphany that others have had. It’s the same epiphany that I had about wanting to do a TV show when I was, like, 17."