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Thursday, July 17th, 2014

CBS Exec Says New Craig Ferguson Replacement Might Not Be a Talk Show

craig ferguson late late showIt's been three months since Craig Ferguson announced he's leaving CBS's The Late Late Show in December, and the network has yet to say who his replacement will be. CBS entertainment chief  Nina Tassler, in a Q&A with TV critics today said that the network's new 12:35am program might not even be a talk show. Here's what she had to say:

"There’s certainly a knee-jerk reaction to go for a more traditional, behind-the-desk interview format, but who knows? This is an opportunity us look at all kinds of hosts — not only from the comic world, but maybe the political world. Right now, we’re doing our homework and having a lot of meetings and talking. We want to make the right decision."

Tassler added, "But who knows? … It might not [be a comedy talk show], but it also might be.” CBS has had The Late Late Show, in various incarnations, in the post-Letterman slot since 1995, with hosts Tom Snyder and Craig Kilborn preceding Ferguson, so potentially dumping the long-running but not-super-popular franchise would be a pretty monumental change in the late night world.