The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Watch - – Holly Byrnes

AF­TER a ca­reer span­ning more than four decades, it is David Let­ter­man’s en­dur­ing curiosity that makes him the com­pelling broad­cast in­ter­viewer he is and the sec­ond sea­son of his sit-down se­ries so fas­ci­nat­ing. His line-up in­cludes fa­mil­iar names such as Ellen DeGeneres, Tif­fany Had­dish, Kanye West, Melinda Gates and For­mula One cham­pion Lewis Hamil­ton. But Let­ter­man’s unique per­spec­tive draws out fas­ci­nat­ing de­tails about these fa­mous faces and some rare confession­s. Kanye talks can­didly about his bipo­lar de­pres­sion. Ellen talks about her high school ex­pe­ri­ence dat­ing boys (while kiss­ing girls in the bath­room). Like Den­ton, Let­ter­man pro­vides a safe space for celebri­ties to talk, but also does the au­di­ence a favour by making it de­void of prod­uct pro­mo­tion or some­thing to plug. You get the feel­ing 72-year-old Let­ter­man needs this show as much as the au­di­ence enjoys hav­ing him back on air; lost to late-night tele­vi­sion but with en­ergy to burn and a de­sire to keep his brain tick­ing over in semi-re­tire­ment. For those who en­joy in­tel­li­gent conversati­ons, not just ad­ver­to­ri­als, this is great com­pany and worth binge­ing.

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