Talk:Late Night with David Letterman

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Tonight Show "promise"[edit]

NBC never promised Letterman the Tonight Show.

According to the book The Late Shift, Letterman had it in his contract that he would host The Tonght Show after Johnny. NBC was able to escape this by putting a clause stating that if they didn't give Letterman the job, they had to pay MILLION dollars! MrBlondNYC 20:05, 23 May 2007 (UTC)

A&E and E! and VHS[edit]

Someone who knows or has a bit more info in this subject should add this in. At the time David Letterman left Late Night, two of the other reasons he was said to have left (besides not getting the Tonight Show gig) was that NBC, which owned the rights to Late Night, sold the repeats to A&E which them broadcast them from about 1991-1993, then resold the rights to the E! channel which aired them starting around 1994 and into the mid-1990's. In addition, they started to sell the episodes packaged without the musical guest on VHS. Letterman reportadly received little or nothing from these deals and was quite upset.


Does anyone remember the bookmobile recurring segment? I think it was called the "NBC Bookmobile" but I'm not sure. Kathleen Ankers was the librarian, I believe, and someone played "Gus", the driver, always introduced as "gruff but loveable" (or something like that). Ray Spalding 23:11, 14 Mar 2004 (UTC)

I finally added it to the list Ray Spalding 07:23, 12 Dec 2004 (UTC)

I'm surprised there's no mention of any times that the show left New York to be recorded elsewhere. There was a very memorable week in the late 1980s where Late Night was recorded in Chicago. Guests included Michael Jordan, Mayor Daley (who presented Letterman with a manhole cover), Jay Leno.... --JohnDBuell | Talk 02:55, 11 September 2005 (UTC)


Why does it say he moved to CBS for a better money deal? He moved there cause Jay leno was selected to host and he wanted to go to CBS more than the other stations that wanted him Mike 20:22, 16 January 2006 (UTC)


I would like to add to this page that the program is broadcast in High Definition widescreen format in America and other countries, such as Australia, but I'm not sure where to work it in. It is granted that the all shows will eventually become HD, but Letterman was one of the first and one of the few shows that is broadcast in HD in countries other than America. I believe that the change of broadcast resolution and change to widescreen is important to add as it is a big change to a television show, but also I am not sure when the show actually changed to HD widescreen. If anyone knows this kind of stuff, it would make a brilliant addition to this page. JayKeaton 16:26, 23 May 2007 (UTC)

I believe it would be more appropriate to add that to the article on "Late Show with David Letterman". I don't believe "Late Night with David Letterman" was ever broadcast in HD as it ran from 1982 to 1993.

Lol, yeah, like I said, I'm not very learned on the subject ^_^ Thanks for the heads up JayKeaton 18:50, 27 May 2007 (UTC)

Theme shows[edit]

There should also be a mention of some of the Late Night theme shows that helped set the series apart from the others (including Late Show). A few I remember fondly are the reversed show, the 360-degree rotation show, the audience-participation show (in which the regular chairs were replaced with barber chairs in one segment and Jane Pauley was in another segment in which everybody sounded as if they had inhaled helium), the "VCR show" (in which Letterman pretended it was a morning show), and the episode at the Port Authority bus terminal. B.Wind 06:01, 25 May 2007 (UTC)

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Memorable Moments[edit]

If someone can cite specific sources, or owns the movie American Splendor, it should be mentioned in the memorable moments section that guest Harvey Pekar had a memorable moment in which the show would not air because of his controversial t-shirt denouncing NBC. Coffee and TV 16:05, 25 October 2007 (UTC) Madonna also did a memorable show, in 1991. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:28, 10 September 2011 (UTC)


'Peaboy' is mentioned at least twice, each with a link to an article about Peaboy. However, 'Peaboy' redirects back to this article, creating a loop. Cheers (talk) 20:19, 14 May 2008 (UTC)

Late Night[edit]

Shouldn't an overview article, say Late Night (NBC) be created to overview the three incarnations, like exists for The Tonight Show ? (talk) 04:01, 4 June 2009 (UTC)

Arthur Allen Jones[edit]

I saw a youtube clip where the inventor of the Nautilus cam was interviewed and I'm just wondering when it took place. Dave addresses him as the owner of the company, which was sold in 86 so somewhere from 82-6 I'm guessing. I'm wondering if this is significant, or if maybe we should just create a list of episodes and the guests he interviewed who are notable enough to have their own articles currently? Dictabeard (talk) 17:14, 18 March 2011 (UTC)