David Letterman has landed his first TV gig since leaving The Late Show as a correspondent on the second season of the climate change documentary series, Years of Living Dangerously, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The show’s producers, Joel Bach and David Gelber, reached out to Letterman after noticing his particular interest in the environment during interviews with scientists on The Late Show. “He seemed to perk up when this issue came across his lap,” Bach said. “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.”
Each episode of the series finds a journalist or celebrity-turned-correspondent examining the effects of global warming — and efforts to curb it — from various angles. For his turn, Letterman will travel to India and interview Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the country’s energy concerns.
“He’s never been to India, and he’s really excited to go,” Gelber said. “Dave will be a terrific correspondent for us. We’re very comfortable having him with the Prime Minister of India — I’m not sure there are that many people we’d be comfortable setting up in that kind of role. He’s a wonderful interviewer.”
Along with Letterman, Season Two of Years of Living Dangerously will feature Ty Burrell, Cecily Strong and Jack Black, as well as returning correspondents Don Cheadle, Olivia Munn, Ian Somerhalder, Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron (the latter two also serve as executive producers).
While Season One of Years of Living Dangerously aired on Showtime, the series will return on its new home, the National Geographic Channel. Season Two is scheduled to premiere in fall 2016.