Sony Pictures Television Sets New Syndicated Latenight Talk Show With Craig Ferguson

Channel Surf with Craig Ferguson is set to debut in fall 2023.

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) today announced a new, half-hour syndicated late night talk show with Craig Ferguson as host. Channel Surf with Craig Ferguson will be produced by Whisper North, a division of SPT-backed production company Whisper, and will be distributed by SPT.

In his first return to late night since 2014, host Craig Ferguson and his friends “review the shocking, surprising and hilarious moments of the week’s shows.” Ferguson and Whisper North Managing Director Tom McLennan, formerly director of entertainment north for ITV, will executive produce, and Richard Easter (America’s Got Talent and You’ve Been Framed) and Joe Bolter (The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson), who has worked with Ferguson for almost 15 years, will serve as writers on the show.

Zack Hernandez, SVP, U.S. syndication sales, SPT, said: “With a shortage of sitcoms available for stations, viewers need a place to laugh. Channel Surf is that perfect show. Craig is an extraordinary talent who has excelled in latenight, daytime and primetime and has incredibly high awareness. Viewers know and love him. Craig shot a hilarious pilot, and we can’t wait to reintroduce our buyers to him and look forward to giving audiences a chance to watch this very funny show.”

Ferguson said: “I wanted to do Channel Surf because I think television is ready for the return of the silly/ funny/ occasional lip-synching puppet format. Also, it’s a TV show which contains clips of questionable moments from other TV shows thus creating a spectacular visual turducken of stupid.”

Tom McLennan, managing director of Whisper North, added: “I am beyond excited to work with Craig once again.  He is the funniest person I have ever worked with, and his energy and creativity are contagious. It is an honor to executive produce Channel Surf and see Craig back on home turf doing what he does best: being honest, humble and incredibly funny,” said.

Ferguson is a multiple Emmy and Peabody award-winning and Grammy nominated actor, writer, producer, director and comedian with a diverse career that encompasses film, television and the stage. He is a New York Times bestselling author and has recorded numerous standup specials for Netflix, Epix, Comedy Central and Amazon.


The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson ran on CBS for 10 years and remains a cult favorite on YouTube, racking up millions of views every year on fan posted bootleg clips. Since leaving latenight, Ferguson hosted Celebrity Name Game (2014-17) and ABC’s The Hustler (2021). Most recently, he performed to sold-out stand-up comedy audiences across North America in 2022.

A pilot for Channel Surf with Craig Ferguson was shot in the U.K. this month, and SPT will take the show out to potential buyers this week in Los Angeles.

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NowACurmudgeon says:

January 18, 2023 at 7:12 pm

I hope Geoff makes an appearance.