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News/Talk Show
Premiered
Jun. 23, 1980
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USA
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The David Letterman Show

After several guest hosting appearances on The Tonight Show, Dave was given his own morning talk-show. This show included a full orchestra, news breaks, and a cast of regulars. Although not long-run, it was the test run for his wildly popular Late Night with David Letterman, which ran on NBC for years, later followed by The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS.

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  • The program ran 90 minutes for the first six weeks, and was shortened to 60 minutes beginning on 4 August 1980 (the last 12 weeks).
  • Originally after explaining his dire situation, 'Andy Kaufman' wanted to feign suicide by shooting himself in the head with a prop gun. After the producers thought it over, Kaufman decided he…
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    Originally after explaining his dire situation, 'Andy Kaufman' wanted to feign suicide by shooting himself in the head with a prop gun. After the producers thought it over, Kaufman decided he would instead panhandle from the audience.
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  • To make room for The David Letterman Show, NBC president Fred Silverman had canceled the daytime version of The Hollywood Squares, High Rollers, and "Chain Reaction" (1980) just so Letterman…
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    To make room for The David Letterman Show, NBC president Fred Silverman had canceled the daytime version of The Hollywood Squares, High Rollers, and "Chain Reaction" (1980) just so Letterman could have a spot on NBC's schedule. Silverman also considered canceling Wheel of Fortune as well, but he changed his mind upon discovering that the show was in fact one of the highest-rated programs on NBC's morning schedule.
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