David Letterman, who said goodbye to his long-running talk show two years ago, will say hello to TV again with a new show for Netflix.
Netflix announced Tuesday that the six-episode series has Letterman combining two primary interests: in-depth conversations and in-the-field segments sparked by his curiosity and humor. In each hour-long episode, Letterman will conduct a long-form conversation with a single guest and explore topics of his own outside the studio. The series, not yet titled, is set to premiere in 2018.
In 33 years on late-night TV, Letterman hosted 6,028 episodes of NBC's "Late Night" and CBS' "Late Show," and is the longest-running late-night broadcaster in U.S. history. He has won 10 Emmys and two Peabody awards. He stepped down from the "Late Show" in May 2015.
Letterman said he feels "excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix." He added these words of wisdom: "If you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first."
Paisley Park adds 'Ultimate' tour
If the VIP tour of Paisley Park didn't give you a big enough Purple fix, now Prince's estate is offering the "Ultimate Experience" tour of the 10-month-old museum. This guided tour is much longer (three hours), affording access to new areas, exhibits and archives. Yes, it costs more — $160. And it's available only on Mondays, starting Aug. 14, for a limited time. The Ultimate Experience promises visits to all three of Prince's recording studios at Paisley; an extended stay in the editing suite to view footage of concerts and video clips; and a special playback session in Studio B of some undisclosed music. There also is a vegetarian meal at the end. The other guided tours are available Thursdays through Mondays. The 70-minute general admission tour is $38.50 while the 100-minute VIP trek costs $100. For all tours, advance reservations are required, at officialpaisleypark.com.
Lee promotes rally for Kaepernick
Spike Lee is promoting a rally for free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Lee tweeted an advertisement for the rally scheduled for Aug. 23 outside the NFL's headquarters in New York City. Lee says on Twitter he didn't organize the protest, but adds that he supports Kaepernick and "His Stance On The Injustices In The USA." The rally is being organized by several civil rights groups. The former San Francisco 49er became a topic of national conversation last year for choosing to kneel instead of stand for the national anthem, citing police violence and social injustice against minorities. He parted ways with the 49ers in March and hasn't been signed by another team.
Farewell: Soprano Barbara Cook, one of Broadway's leading ingenues and later a major cabaret and concert interpreter of popular American song, has died. She was 89.