The last episode of The Late Show has already been recorded. The streamers and the tears have fallen and Letterman’s said whatever he’s going to say to cap a legendary 33-year career. We just haven’t had the chance to see it all yet, but when 11:35 rolls around, you should take some small comfort in the knowledge that it looks like CBS decided to give the all-clear to a supersized episode according to Dave Itzkoff of The New York Times.
Sounds like tonight’s final Letterman episode will run 1 hour 17 minutes.
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) May 21, 2015
Itzkoff also tweeted that “it appears” that Bill Murray’s glorious appearance on last night’s episode won’t be his final time beside David Letterman at the Ed Sullivan Theater. Which, when coupled with the news that the Foo Fighters will perform, makes two things that we know about tonight’s episode. Two very good things.
As for the long run time, it isn’t a huge surprise considering the weight of this event and all that Letterman has meant to a network that had been unable to establish itself in late night prior to his arrival. Still, it would have been kind of cool to see him wrap up around 1:30 in the morning one last time, but it’s entirely possible that I’m just desperate to squeeze a few more moments of time out of Letterman’s existence on late night.
In case you need reminding, the last episode of The Late Show with David Letterman starts at around 11:35 on CBS affiliates. Watch it on television. Embrace the retro.