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News and Notes: Spectacle details, clips revealed

Elvis Costello’s more permanent version of his fill-in stint for David Letterman is debuting on the Sundance Channel on Dec. 3. 

In the meantime, clips of the first program with guest Elton John have been released on a new Web site created for the show. 

Unlike his stint on The Tonight Show, Spectacle will give Elvis Costello a chance to both play host and perform with his guests. Clips of the first episode show Costello talking to Elton John about how he got his stage name and singing Elton John’s “Border Song.”

Other announced guests on the cable program include: Bill Clinton, James Taylor, Tony Bennett, The Police, Rufus Wainwright, She & Him, Smokey Robinson, Jakob Dylan, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristopherson, Norah Jones, John Mellancamp, Renee Fleming, Herbie Hancock, Jenny Lewis and Costello’s wife, Diana Krall.

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