While the TV broadcast season officially ends Wednesday (I know. That's still a thing?), the most notable series ending will be David Letterman's venerable late night show on CBS that night.
While he was inspired by the likes of his predecessors Steve Allen and Johnny Carson, Letterman brought a fresh ironic, sardonic sensibility to late night television that Gen Xers ate up. His fingerprints remain on current generation hosts (the two Jimmy's, James Cordon), who have taken Letterman's many quirky experiments and turned them viral, so to speak.
He wasn't the most popular guy at night, but it's hard to measure the respect he has garnered. Expect a huge audience for his finale night and an emotional farewell.
Meanwhile, three major reality shows are closing shop for the spring: "The Voice," "Survivor" and "Dancing With the Stars." And a few summer series are back, including Fox's "Masterchef" and ABC's 'The Bachelorette." And NBC experiments with a game show over nine nights called "500 Questions," which might actually do worse than the audacious "Million Second Quiz" two years ago.
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