Late Show with David Letterman

Late Show with David Letterman

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Late Show with David Letterman

Late Show with David Letterman is an American late-night talk show hosted by David Letterman on CBS, the first iteration of the Late Show franchise. The show debuted on August 30, 1993, and was produced by Letterman's production company, Worldwide Pants, and CBS Television Studios. The show's music director and leader of the house band, the CBS Orchestra, was Paul Shaffer. The head writer was Matt Roberts and the announcer was originally Bill Wendell, then Alan Kalter. Of the major U.S. late-night programs, Late Show ranked second in cumulative average viewers over time and third in number of episodes over time. In most U.S. markets the show aired from 11:35 p.m. to 12:35 a.m. Eastern and Pacific Time, and recorded Monday to Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m., and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The second Thursday episode usually aired on Friday of that week.

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Also known as
Late Show (franchise brand)'
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Written by
Rob Burnett (1993–96)
Joe Toplyn (1996–98)
Rodney Rothman (1998–2000)
Justin Stangel and Eric Stangel (2000–13)
Matt Roberts (2013–15)
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Presented by
David Letterman
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Starring
Paul Shaffer
and the CBS Orchestra (house band)
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Narrated by
Bill Wendell (1993–95)
Alan Kalter (1995–2015)
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United States
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No. of seasons
23
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No. of episodes
4,261
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PRODUCTION

Executive producer
Robert Morton (1993–96)
Peter Lassally (1993–96)
Rob Burnett (1996–2015)
Barbara Gaines (2000–15)
Maria Pope (2000–15)
Jude Brennan (2003–15)
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Production location
Ed Sullivan Theater
New York, New York
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Running time
62 minutes (with commercials)
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Production company
Worldwide Pants
CBS Entertainment Productions (1993–95) (seasons 1–2)
CBS Productions (1995–2006) (seasons 3–14)
CBS Paramount Network Television (2006–09) (seasons 14–17)
CBS Television Studios (2009–15) (seasons 17–22)
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RELEASE

Original network
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Picture format
480i (4:3 SDTV) (1993–2005)
1080i (16:9 HDTV) (2005–15)
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Original release
August 30, 1993 –
May 20, 2015
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