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Posted Monday 5/21/18 at 1:08PM EDT
Howard Stern recalls to Letterman the time Donald Trump rated his daughter Ivanka a "10"
Netflix has released a preview of the shock jock as the sixth and final guest on the first season of Letterman's My Next Guest Needs No introduction. Stern's episode will be released on May 31.
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
Former Late Night writer: David Letterman's explanation for not hiring women was a "master class in distortion"
Letterman co-created his NBC Late Night show with a woman, his then-girlfriend Merrill Markoe, who served as the original head writer and was responsible for many of its innovations. Yet in 33 years as a late-night host, he mostly avoided bringing in female writers. Nell Scovell, who became the second female Late Night writer when she was hired in its ninth season, dissects Letterman's recent explanation to Tina Fey on My Next Guest Needs No Introduction on his lack of women writers, and finds a straw-man argument, scapegoating, obfuscation and nonsense. Scovell, the author of a recent book on her experience as a female TV writer, writes: "After creating a straw-man argument that women just weren’t interested in working on an award-winning TV show, Letterman sets out to further absolve himself of guilt." Scovell also contacted Markoe, asking why "she may have slipped Letterman’s mind." Markoe wrote back, “Because we were having sex, maybe he remembers me as an intern.”
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Posted Tuesday 5/08/18 at 1:23PM EDT
David Letterman praises Michelle Wolf's White House Correspondents' Dinner performance in a chat with Jerry Seinfeld
"I really had great admiration for the fact that she was able to just walk into that room and decimate the place," Letterman said in conversation at a Netflix For Your Consideration Emmy event promoting Letterman's My Next Guest Needs No Introduction and Seinfeld''s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. "So I saw the complete script of what she had done. The more I got to thinking about it, I thought 'Wow, that was great,'" Letterman told Seinfeld. "Because, just, whatever the reaction — there's no damage. And she had the guts to stand up there and didn't apologize, where everybody is now apologizing for everything." Seinfeld admitted he didn't "know" Wolf, but he had heard of her. "Everybody talks about how dedicated — that she's out every night working on her stuff and those are the kind of people I really like," he said.
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 1:53PM EDT
Tina Fey calls out David Letterman's lack of female writers on his late-night shows
On the new episode of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, Letterman acknowledged the criticism that he lacked females in his late-night writers' rooms. Letterman said people would ask "why don’t you have women writers? And the best I could come up with was ‘I don’t know.’ I didn’t know why there weren’t women writers. There was no policy against women writers. I always thought, ‘Well, geez, if I was a woman I’m not sure if I would want to write on my nickel-and-dime, dog-and-pony show anyway because we’re on at 12:30.” Fey responded: “Yeah, well, we do want to write on it, though," which resulted in cheers from the audience. “That is my ignorance, and I feel bad for that,” Letterman replied. Meanwhile, former Late Night with David Letterman writer Nell Scovell tweeted that all five of Letterman's Netflix executive producers are male. ALSO: Fey tells Letterman she regrets her much-criticized SNL Charlottesville sketch.
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Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 8:42PM EDT
Tina Fey teaches David Letterman improv in one of two My Next Guest episodes coming to Netflix in May
Netflix initially announced that My Next Guest Needs No Introduction would be a monthly event. But the first season will wrap by the end of May, with Fey's episode set for this Friday, May 4, and Howard Stern's episode dropping on Thursday, May 31.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
The best parts of David Letterman's Netflix talk show are when he's on-location outside of the theater
You get the more "unvarnished Letterman" in his outside chats with John Lewis and Rick Rubin on My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, says Steve Greene. "Sometimes whimsical, sometimes profound, these detours let the Letterman persona shine through in the most satisfying way," he says.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 4:27AM EDT
David Letterman and Jay-Z discussed their past infidelities on My Next Guest Needs No Introduction
Without using the words "cheating" or "infidelity," Letterman discussed on his Netflix talk show how "a few years ago, I got myself into some trouble." "And," he asked Jay-Z, "I'm wondering if this rings a bell with you." "Yeah, of course," responded the hip-hop mogul. ALSO: Jay-Z appeared to shade a late-night host.
Posted Monday 4/02/18 at 9:00PM EDT
Jay-Z explains to David Letterman what makes a good rapper
Netflix has released a clip from the fourth episode of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, which drops Friday.
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 5:20AM EDT
David Letterman's My Next Guest Needs No Introduction has an editing problem
In a YouTube video essay, Thomas Flight explains why Letterman's interviews on his Netflix show might seem annoying. The problem is My Next Guest Needs No Introduction has way too many camera angles, which is in stark contrast to the typical late-night show. To differentiate itself, the Netflix show keeps jumping between the many camera perspectives for no particular reason," says Flight. It can't keep still. When the editing draws attention to itself, it distracts from the content of the interviews.
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 7:02AM EST
David Letterman and Malala Yousafzai discuss their mutual concerns about President Trump
Episode 3 of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction was timed to be released with International Women's Day, featuring the young activist and current Oxford student. "What do you think about President Trump?” Letterman asked the 20-year-old Nobel laureate. “Well, I’m in the UK, so what do you think about him?” she asked back. "I have many things to say on this topic. And you want me to be candid, right?” he said. “I feel personally, not politically, but personally, he is not fit to represent me. I don’t think he’s fit to represent anyone in this room.”
Posted Thursday 3/08/18 at 12:17PM EST
To honor International Women's Day, MTV turns into "WTV" and Freeform is bleeping out the word "sorry"
Like McDonald's, MTV is flipping over its "M" to a "W" to celebrate women on this international holiday, while Freeform will carry a #NotSorry "meter" to count every time it bleeps a woman saying "sorry" throughout the day. CMT will celebrate with its first-ever "female music takeover," and Hulu is highlighting female-centric content on its homepage. Netflix, meanwhile, dropped Season 2 of Jessica Jones this morning in honor of International Women's Day, and after it midnight it will unveil David Letterman's interview with women's rights activist Malala Yousafzai on his talk show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.
Posted Tuesday 2/20/18 at 9:05PM EST
David Letterman brings his Netflix talk show to Chicago
Letterman filmed his first episode with President Obama in New York City, his second episode in Los Angeles with George Clooney, and now he's shooting an episode in Chicago. Letterman took selfies today as he filmed what signs described as "Untitled Letterman Project" at Buddy Guy’s Legends nightclub, possibly taping Tina Fey's episode.
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 4:30AM EST
David Letterman's My Next Guest Needs No Introduction is the opposite of current late-night television
Letterman's Netflix show is like his groundbreaking NBC talk show in that it flouts convention. Also, unlike the current state of late-night TV, there are no gimmicks on his Netflix talk show. "Everything about My Next Guest suggests that for his second act, Letterman is operating in a similar, against-the-grain mode" as his original Late Night talk show, says Jen Chaney. "Instead of anchoring a nightly show, he’s rolling one out on a monthly basis. Rather than appearing on a major broadcast network, he has parked himself on Netflix. Instead of reciting top-ten lists and attempting to answer the eternal question, 'Will It Float?' Letterman is focusing solely on interviews and — at least so far — serious field segments that relate to the interview subject."
Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 8:57PM EST
It looks like David Letterman is purposefully keeping his Netflix talk show Trump-free
“After watching the second episode, featuring George Clooney, it appears that Letterman might the one who doesn’t want to talk about Trump,” says Matt Wilstein, noting that both have been outspoken about critics of President Trump. The lack of Trump discussion was pointed out in the premiere episode, featuring President Obama. But it was assumed that Letterman and the former president were keeping to the tradition of presidents declining to speak ill of their immediate successor.
Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 5:53AM EST
How Paul Shaffer approaches composing music for David Letterman’s Netflix talk show
“When it was announced in the press that Dave was going to be doing a new show I heard from him,” says Shaffer. ‘He said I wouldn't want anybody else to do it but you. I was thrilled to be involved, even more so when I started to see some of the episodes. I score them sort of like a movie, putting music in afterwards where the director thinks it's needed.”