David Letterman countdown: Jimmy Fallon, Jon Stewart, Keith Olbermann sing …

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Tom Hanks made his final “Late Show with David Letterman” appearance Monday night. Wednesday night , on the last of more than 6,000 shows on NBC and CBS — that’s two-thirds of a year on the air — David Letterman takes the stage and, for the last time as a late-night host, exposes that gap-toothed grin.RETURNING SHOW: Forty of America’s best home cooks present Gordon Ramsay their signature dishes for a spot on “MasterChef” (Fox at 8 p.m.) Season 6.

Before the audience files into the Ed Sullivan Theater, we want to give Dave a sustained standing ovation for 35 years of entertainment, co-starring New York City. Letterman’s preternatural rapport with the city, dating back to his short-lived NBC morning show in 1980, has been even more innate to his appeal than his perfect partnership with Paul Shaffer . The U.S. housing market may help the U.S. economy recover from a slow first quarter, after data showed housing starts at the fastest pace since the start of the Great Recession, analysts said Tuesday. FINALE WATCH: With $1 million at stake, the castaways spend their final days on the “Survivor” (CBS at 8) island before facing their last tribal council.

It wasn’t just that he embraced and showcased the sidewalks and streets in all their gritty glory, but how: with a bemused exuberance, and the same kind of I-don’t-quite-understand-you-but-I-just-can’t-quit-you love that comes to afflict all New Yorkers, native and adopted. All right, carrying on: As his “Late Show” retirement draws near, Letterman is being saluted by other late-night TV hosts, as well as frequent guests.

SERIES PREMIERE: A game show for self-described “geniuses,” “500 Questions” (ABC at 8) features highly difficult questions for its players from across the country. In the studio, there were Biff and Tony Mendez and other staffers, and beyond it, Rupert Jee, and Mujibur and Sirajul, and Calvert DeForest and his alter ego Larry (Bud) Melman. On Monday night’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” the host — who so often comes off as an overgrown kid, heaping praise on anybody who appears — was articulate and sincere as he saluted Letterman.

There were Mayors Rudy Giuliani and Mike Bloomberg making frequent fools of themselves. (Bill de Blasio, having not yet appeared, has one night left in which to pay his respects.) Even the background of Letterman’s set was a collection of New York landmarks — the iconic pieces of the skyline mixed with much humbler stuff: an elevated train, the long-neglected, pedestrian-only High Bridge (near and dear to this page). FINALE WATCH: The “Law & Order: SVU” (NBC at 9) Season 16 (it’s been renewed) closer has Noah’s adoption in jeopardy, and Benson fearing for his future. FINALE WATCH: On the 10th season closer of the renewed cult favorite “Supernatural” (CW at 9), Dean makes a stunning decision that not only affects his life but Sam’s as well. FINALE WATCH: Two ABC comedies that will be back for more episodes, “Modern Family” (ABC at 9) and “Black-ish” (ABC at 9:30), wrap up their respective seasons with Phil using a robot to Skype himself into Alex’s graduation party, and Jack and Diane digging into family history. CBS snapped him up — and. with David Dinkins making a key assist, he stayed home, as did his old show, decisively moving late night’s center of gravity back East.

He lifted all of our spirits, and he said to me — I’ll never forget — ‘Do not confuse cancellation with failure.’ And I thank him for all the amazing years of television and for that wonderful piece of advice.” Keith Olbermann, a frequent guest on Letterman’s show, has written a tribute that’s posted today on the Deadline.com site. RETURNING SHOW: On the fourth-season opener of “Celebrity Wife Swap” (ABC at 10), Emmy-winning actress Jackée Harry trades lives with John Waters muse Traci Lords. Olbermann contrasts Dave with his fellow late-night hosts, Jay Leno and Craig Ferguson. “Craig would have said hello to you three times and hugged you twice by the time you came out onstage, which was warm and lovely.

Jay would come in to your dressing room and sit on the couch and talk to you for half an hour, which was also very generous (and entertaining; a producer once literally pulled him out of my room). A repeat “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC at 11:35) (because who wants to compete with Dave?) brings out country star Tim McGraw and actress Patricia Heaton. When I started going on in 2006, for all I knew he was actually built into the desk like Captain Pike from the Star Trek pilot and they threw a tarp over him after the show was over.” But, over time, Olbermann says, Letterman let down his guard, talking to him during the commercial breaks about “my dad when he was in the hospital, and we talked about his mom, and we talked about our respective cases of shingles — all the stuff Dave supposedly never talks to anybody about.” Olbermann also lavishes praise on how Letterman handled the show in 2008 when then-presidential candidate John McCain did a short-notice cancellation, supposedly to return to Washington, D.C., in response to the economic crisis. Olbermann was the last-minute replacement guest, and he recounts how, during the show, Letterman and his staff discovered that McCain wasn’t en route to D.C., but doing an interview with Katie Couric on the CBS Evening News.

And then the startled humor of ‘can you believe this is happening now'” turned into poison blowpipe darts.” CNN is also honoring Letterman, with the Tuesday night special report, “David Letterman Says Goodnight,” an hour-long celebration hosted by Jake Tapper, and featuring guests such as Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Myers, Conan O’Brien and more.

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