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David Letterman may have retired from late night, but he certainly isn’t retired. The man’s spent most of his career working with network television, but his first post-Late Show project will take him to cable. This morning, we learned that Letterman has signed on with the Emmy-winning docuseries Years of Living Dangerously, which looks at climate change.
Letterman is only signed on for one of the upcoming episodes of the hit series, but it’s still a significant career move, as it is the first gig he has taken since he said farewell to fans on The Late Show with David Letterman back in May. It’s also an interesting choice for a gig, The producers on Years of Living Dangerously, Joel Bach and David Gelber, recently told THR they saw Letterman “perk up” when talking about climate change on his show, so they approached him about doing their show. David Letterman said yes, and the show plans to send him all the way to India, where he will interview Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the country’s unique issues.
In the past, a ton of other celebrities have been a part of the series, so while including David Letterman should be pretty sweet, it’s not as if his appearance will be an unusual addition to the show. The first season of Years of Living Dangerously aired on Showtime, and episodes featured the network’s own Don Cheadle and Michael C. Hall. In addition, however, big names like Harrison Ford, Matt Damon, Jessica Alba and Arnold Schwarzenegger have also popped up, along with President Barack Obama and journalists like Thomas Friedman and Lesley Stahl. In short, there have been a lot of celebs who are interested in climate change on the series.
While Season 1 aired on Showtime, the second season of the show has found (what is probably) a more fitting home. New celebrity collaborators will include Jack Black, Modern Family’s Ty Burrell, James Cameron and SNL’s Cecily Strong. In addition, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Don Cheadle, Olivia Munn, and Ian Somerhalder will be on.
Unfortunately, while this might be Letterman’s first gig since The Late Show ended on CBS, there’s a good chance we could see him in something else before Years of Living Dangerously premieres its second season. Although Season 1 premiered in 2014, we won’t get Season 2 until 2016, and I’m not talking a few months, I’m talking next fall. I know, it’s a bummer. I guess in the meantime you can watch late night rival Jay Leno’s car show on CNBC? There’s nothing like combatting climate change with big, gas guzzling vehicles, amiright?