Craig Ferguson is at the helm of a new talk show with no commercial breaks, but the entire show is a kind of commercial itself. The six-episode series, “Couple Thinkers,” is sponsored entirely by clothier Gant and will feature Ferguson and his wife interviewing high-minded guests like Neil deGrasse Tyson. It will appear on YouTube and other digital sites.
Talk isn’t cheap. Tribune Media needed, but apparently couldn’t get, Sinclair on board to clear and help pay for the new project for the former CBS Late Late Show host whose syndicated Celebrity Name Game just got renewed today for a second season.
For Ferguson, the syndicated game show Celebrity Name Game represents both a change of pace and a transition. He’s leaving his CBS talk show in December, with British actor James Corden taking over next year. “I liked this one because the format was loose and it left a lot of room for playing around and improvisation,” he said. “And it’s a new format, which meant that people weren’t in love with the game itself and wouldn’t get mad at me if I started messing around with it.”
The exiting host of the Late Late Show is said to be working with Tribune Media on a 7 p.m. offering for 2015.
“We haven’t really thought about it yet. We want to let it sink in,” CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler says, as Joel McHale, Aisha Tyler, Neil Patrick Harris and Amy Schumer’s names are floated for the 12:35 a.m. gig.
Ferguson, host of CBS’s The Late Late Show since 2005, told his studio audience during Monday’s taping that he will step down at the end of the year. Ferguson’s show airs after David Letterman’s, at 12:35 a.m. on weekdays.
The Late Late Show host is not likely to be back when his current contract expires in June 2015, sources say. Ferguson, Letterman’s one-time protégé, was not even considered to replace the legendary comic because the focus of his talk show is ‘too narrow,’ executives say.
Debmar-Mercury and Fremantle have tapped the host of CBS’s Late Late Show to also host Celebrity Name Game, a new half-hour game show they have in the works for fall 2014. The show would serve as a companion to Family Feud.
NEW YORK (AP) — Craig Ferguson kept it light when the lights went out. CBS says Wednesday’s edition of “The Late Late Show” was faced with lighting problems after a transformer blew, shorting out the light grid above the stage for the taping just hours before airtime. Ferguson, referring to his mechanical sidekick, quipped that […]
CBS announced Tuesday that both Dave and Craig have re-upped to keep hosting their respective hours — Late Show and The Late Late Show — through 2014.
As part of the pact that would run through 2014, the Late Late Show host is poised to move his CBS series to a larger stage at TV City.
A new deal would keep Letterman on the air long enough to top Johnny Carson’s 30-year streak as the longest-running late-night star in TV history.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Craig Ferguson managed to crack a few jokes on his talk show Tuesday after receiving an envelope packed with white powder that turned out to be harmless. “Today someone sent an envelope packed with white powder to the show. I offered to test it, but they said ‘no,’” Ferguson quipped during […]
NEW YORK (AP) — Late-night rivals Jimmy Fallon and Craig Ferguson are filled with the Christmas spirit. They even sent each other gifts. At the end of the monologue on NBC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” the New York-based host showed viewers a photo of the present he had sent to Ferguson – a “beautiful, […]