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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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  • Fred Silverman wanted this to be a daytime talk/service show with a regular "family" of performers ninety minutes live every morning at ten from New York. Arthur Godfrey's name was mentioned…
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    Fred Silverman wanted this to be a daytime talk/service show with a regular "family" of performers ninety minutes live every morning at ten from New York. Arthur Godfrey's name was mentioned as what to shoot for. However, Dave and Merrill Markoe didn't care what Silverman wanted; they had their own vision of what their show would be: funny, inventive, groundbreaking. Everything daytime television had never been.
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  • Within weeks after the show was canceled, Westinghouse Broadcasting was talking about an offer for a syndicated show. NBC acted swiftly, signing Letterman to a holding contract. The contract…
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    Within weeks after the show was canceled, Westinghouse Broadcasting was talking about an offer for a syndicated show. NBC acted swiftly, signing Letterman to a holding contract. The contract stated that NBC would have to pay Letterman a million-dollars as a penalty if it didn't come up with a new show for him before the contract ended.
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  • "The David Letterman Show" lasted nineteen weeks on the air . Letters poured into NBC condemning the cancellation. College kids hitched across the country with petitions to save him. A group…
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    "The David Letterman Show" lasted nineteen weeks on the air . Letters poured into NBC condemning the cancellation. College kids hitched across the country with petitions to save him. A group of housewives from Long Island tried to block traffic in Manhattan in protest. The show won two Emmy Awards.
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