David Letterman will kick off his “Late Show” on CBS with guest Bill Murray, who also helped launch Letterman’s “Late Night” on NBC more than a decade ago.
And, thanks to serendipitous scheduling, both programs will be aired the same night.
CBS confirmed Friday that Murray and musician Billy Joel will be on hand for Letterman’s Aug. 30 premiere at 11:35 p.m.
An hour later, NBC will repeat that original kickoff program, which first aired Feb. 1, 1982.
Through Sept. 10, NBC will rebroadcast the first two weeks of the old show, until Conan O’Brien takes over the show Sept. 13.
NBC earlier announced that Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show” would be countering the CBS Letterman launch with stars Luke Perry of “Beverly Hills, 90210” and country singer Garth Brooks.