CBS has had months to find the perfect replacement for a host to replace Craig Ferguson on The Late Late Show and all they came up with is some British guy named, James Corden.
CBS could’ve broken the late night mold and had a nonwhite male or female host the show, but instead they went with a British white male. It didn’t work with Craig (who’s Scottish), why do they think it is going to work with him? At least Craig was on The Drew Carey Show, so we knew him on TV. We don’t know this guy. Why are we going to tune in?
CBS had the chance to take over late night with Stephen Colbert, but Corden is not going to do that for them. I don’t think people even know that CBS has a Late Late Show, and he isn’t going to help them find it.
I wish I could be more optimistic about him, but at this time there’s no reason.
If I were CBS, I’d have him guest star on all of their sitcoms starting now. Because without any exposure, he will do worse than Craig and Craig isn’t doing that well. He’s the lowest rated late night host and I foresee Corden getting those same numbers.
I could be wrong, but I doubt it.
Today is the CBS TCA Summer Press Day and Chairman, CBS Entertainment, Nina Tassler was asked about the future of their network’s late night talk shows.
As we know, David Letterman is retiring some time next year and Stephen Colbert will be taking over the show. Not only is Dave leaving, but so is Craig Ferguson, who hosts The Late Late Show, at the end of the year.
Up until today that is all we knew. When it comes to The Late Show, as this point CBS does not have a start date for Colbert who’s still hosting his Comedy Central show. The network and him have had some discussions about what he wants to do with the show, but nothing is near being finalized. Tassler said that the two of them will start meeting next month to iron out the rough spots.
Now what about the show that airs at 12:35p? As of now everything is up in the air including the format of it. Tassler said, “There is certainly a knee-jerk reaction to go for a more traditional sort of behind-the-desk interview format, but who knows.” In fact, not only do they not know what type of show they want, they are also not sure what type of host they desire to fill the spot. She admitted not only are they looking at comedians, they are also looking at the political word for someone to sit in that hot seat.
At this point they are keeping a very open mind, and they want to make sure they make the right decision. They made the right decision with Colbert, and I hope they make the right decision for the show that will follow his show.
I tell you, I wouldn’t mind if they did a variety show at 12:35p. I just hope they keep it on the lighter side of things and don’t go political. That is what Jon Stewart is for. What would you like to see happen with that timeslot?
Even though David Letterman has been tossing to Craig Ferguson for over 9 years and co-produces The Late Late Show; it didn’t seem like he knew he was when he told his audience that Craig was leaving the LLS. The Late Show host pretty much read from a cue card as he told the news and that makes me wonder why? Was it because he wanted to express his words properly, but that was a pretty cut and dry statement. Did CBS write the script for him? Or did he not know who the man who follows him is? Whatever the reason I think it was very awkward. Didn’t you find it a little strange too?
What I found ironic about it, is his announcement about Craig is completely opposite of the LLS host. Ferguson always rips up his cue cards before a guest comes out to talk to him. Just an observation.
Craig Ferguson announced tonight on his CBS late night show that he will be leaving The Late Late Show in December.
The news doesn’t come as surprise because his days were numbered as soon as David Letterman (who co-produces LLS) announced he was retiring. The Scot just never got the ratings nor any promotion, so I am sure CBS wanted a clean slate in late night so that they can build an audience with it. Something I don’t think Ferguson ever would’ve been able to do.
His show was unlike the others because he doesn’t have a band, his sidekick is a robot, he has a stable on the set for Secretariat, which is two men in a horse’s costume, and an array of real and fake characters that pop up out of the blue. Not only that, his monologue and interviews are not scripted and he has a segment where he answers your questions and responds to them in his own special way. His show was quirky and because of that he had a niche audience and less famous stars as guests.
So with all of that, I am not surprised that CBS and him are consciously uncoupling as he calls it. Personally, I hope he goes back to acting, something he is much better at and more suited for.
When it comes to who will replace him, please don’t be Chelsea Handler, please, please, please not her. I would love to see it be either Matthew Perry, JB Smoove, Jane Lynch, Nick Cannon (who told me a few weeks ago he isn’t interested in doing a talk show for a few more years) or Tracy Morgan. If CBS could break the must have a man named Jimmy host at 11:35a, then they can break their own Craigs rule for 12:35a. You know since they went from Craig Kilborn to Craig Ferguson, so maybe Craig Bierko is up for the job?
Seriously though, who do you want to host The Late Late Show? Are you going to miss Craig Ferguson?
UPDATE: Here is Craig Ferguson’s announcement on The Late Late Show tonight at 12:35a on CBS.
Ever since both Chelsea Handler and David Letterman announced that they were giving up their talk shows, people have wondered if CBS would be hiring her for one of their two late night shows. Last week when Stephen Colbert got Letterman’s job at The Late Show, people started speculating that Handler would get The Late Late Show. Speculation hit an all time high when she Tweeted, a photo that was described as a “Business meeting,” with a CBS packet in her hand. CBS immediately denied that she was there to talk about doing a late night talk show there, but she remained silent. That is until today, when she Tweeted, “I have never had nor will have any desire to take a job someone else has already had. Speculation to the contrary is inaccurate. Godspeed?” So I guess we won’t be seeing her at CBS, at least for now.
CBS was quick to announce who would be replacing Letterman, and I wish they would be almost as quick and make announcement if Ferguson will or will not be staying on the Eye. His contract is up in a few months and we want to know if both sides will be re-signing each other. At least I want to know.
Last week the internets went crazy when someone unearthed a video of Jon Hamm on the dating show, The Big Date, back in 1995 and tonight Craig Ferguson asked him about it on The Late Late Show. The CBS late night asked him if he still gives foot massages and the mad man said, "Only if I can get the ball in the net afterward." His words, not mine. Then they got sidetracked, but Craig brought it back to the dating show and asked if she picked him. Just like a boy going through puberty, Hamm's voice cracked as he said, "Would you have picked me?" Both men agreed, they would now but back then not so much. Yeah, that '90s hair is as much of a turn off now as it was back then. So is one of the sexiest men on TV now upset he didn't get picked? He said he's not before adding, "Think how the world could have changed?" So true. If he thought it was hair that got him picked, then he might still have that hairstyle. If he still had that hairstyle, there is no way he would've landed the role of Don Draper. Because back in the '50s ad '60s, men weren't stupid enough to get that hairdo. So thank you Mary, for not picking Jon Hamm to go on date with almost 20 years ago. Us women who would, are sincerely grateful that you turned him down because it helped to make him the man he is today!
Long before Craig Ferguson was hosting The Late Late Show and Drew Carey was hosting The Price is Right, they both starred on a sitcom called The Drew Carey Show. Even though that show ended 10 years ago, the two men have remained friends. In fact, both of them tape there shows on the same lot a floor apart from each other. Thus, giving them the perfect opportunity to switch jobs for a day. So on April 1st (my birthday), Carey will stay up late to be a late night talk show host while Ferguson will wake up early to try being a game show host. What happens when they have a freaky Friday on a Tuesday, we will just have to tune into CBS to find out on April Fool’s Day.
Who knows maybe we will get more of a Drew Carey Show reunion than the one we got last night. Even though, I have to say, Mimi looks good with a tan.
BTW below is my favorite scene from The Drew Carey Show with Drew and Mr Wick!
Jane Lynch was on The Late Late Show yesterday, and Craig Ferguson and her started talking about cursing. That some how led to her talking about one of the networks that she works at requiring her to take a sexual harassment class. She said as soon as she’s done, “I want to harass someone sexually. It’s all I can think about.” Then she added, “I’m inviting it, and I want to give it.” I don’t know about you, but I felt the same way when I took that class.
I am the type of person that they came up with those harassment (because they are not only about sexual harassment) classes for; so when my job requires it, I avoid it like the plague. This one place I worked at, I made sure to go to the last class. So that meant that all my co-workers went before me. Well whenever any of them got out, they said stuff that made me almost look sweet and innocent. So I never understood, why companies require it because it only makes you want to do what you are not supposed to do even more. Oh, so you want to know what happened when I finally took the course? I basically failed because my sense of what you can’t do and say in the workplace is a lot different than what those Goody Two Shoes were told to teach us. Everyone has their own line to cross and people need to get over being so uptight. Yes, there are things you can’t say on the job. But there are things that people get the panties in a bunch over for no reason at all. Just remember, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” We know what names you can throw at someone, but then are others that are OK if they are said in jest and not to harm.
Late night talk show hosts like to play pranks on their guests and their audience, but Emily Mortimer turned the tables around on The Late Late Show yesterday. The Newsroom star told Craig Ferguson that she wanted him to try a meditation technique that works for her and he agreed. What happens next is something you will do to your friends when given a chance!
About time someone finally got a late night host, too bad it wasn’t Jimmy Kimmel who is the King of late night pranks! Maybe one of the JKL bookers will make my wish come true and book Mortimer as a guest so she can prank another host!
Now that The Late Late Show has some new competition, it looks like we are going to see how low Craig Ferguson will go to win. Win the game of Limbo vs Ashton Kutcher that is. I honestly don’t think he could care less who he is up against in that timeslot. But when it comes to bending his body under a stick, that he takes very seriously.