Joseph Toplyn, who recently left as head writer on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” is expected to return to his old stomping grounds by taking the corresponding job at CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman.”
Toplyn wrote for Letterman’s NBC “Late Night” show from 1983-90. He’s expected to begin in mid-December under a major two-year deal.
The Toplyn hire is part of a series of promotions on the CBS latenighter, according to sources, with former head writer Rob Burnett (who briefly left to create “The Bonnie Hunt Show,” produced by Letterman’s Worldwide Pants) to now serve as a producer on the series, Joanna Jordan upped to head talent exec/booker and Sheila Rogers to the show’s top music segment producer.
Zoe Friedman also has been upped to talent coordinator, reporting to Jordan. Robert Morton and Jude Brennan continue as exec producer and producer, respectively.