David Letterman is heading back to TV, but he’s leaving the desk behind. The longtime late-night TV personality will appear on the second season of the Emmy-winning documentary series Years of Living Dangerously, which centers on the issue of climate change. This marks Letterman’s first TV project since signing off as host of CBS’ Late Show in May.
Producers Joel Bach and David Gelber talked to The Hollywood Reporter about how Letterman came on board, explaining that they decided to reach out to him after seeing his passion for the issue when he interviewed scientists on the Late Show.
“It’s thrilling to have him do this — we’re beyond excited,” Bach says. “The reason why Letterman’s part of this is that we just noticed that he seemed to perk up when this issue came across his lap. We reached out to him to see if he’d want to be part of this, and he said, ‘Absolutely.’ He said [that climate change is] something he does think about a lot.”
Letterman will appear on one of the new season’s eight episodes, as he’ll head to India to speak with Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the nation’s energy concerns.