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

It'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 [...]

Norm Macdonald Auditions for 'The Late Late Show' on 'Conan'

As you may have heard by now, Norm Macdonald really, really wants to take over The Late Late Show after Craig Ferguson leaves this December, so on last night's Conan he got the chance to show his chops in a minute-long audition displaying all the different talk show skills required for the job.

Could Norm Macdonald Really Pull Off Being CBS's Next Late Night Star?

For the past week, Norm Macdonald has been on Twitter campaigning to become the next host of The Late Late Show after Craig Ferguson steps down at the end of the year. After comedian Ben Hoffman started the #latelatenormnorm hashtag, Macdonald has retweeted hundreds of folks encouraging CBS to give him gig (full disclosure: I was one of them). While there's no way of knowing if CBS is taking this seriously, or if Norm is actually interested or just doing this for his own amusement, the buzz around the campaign begs the question: could this actually work?

Ever since Macdonald left SNL, he's been looking for a steady gig, [...]

Here's What David Letterman Said About Craig Ferguson's Retirement from Late Night

"[Craig Ferguson's] show was unlike any other late night show, and I’m telling you, to be unique in the world of television – virtually impossible. So, congratulations to Craig on a great run, and we all wish you well!"

- David Letterman last night, paying tribute to his fellow retiring CBS late night host, Craig Ferguson.

Drew Carey and Craig Ferguson Will Host Each Other's Shows on April Fool's Day

Drew Carey and Craig Ferguson are set to try out each other's jobs for a day. USA Today reports that the duo, who spent nearly a decade starring on ABC's The Drew Carey Show together, will be guest-hosting each other's shows on April 1st, with Ferguson anchoring daytime game show The Price Is Right and Carey taking over Ferguson's The Late Late Show. Both shows are broadcast on CBS.

Carey will be bringing his announcer, George Gray, and the Price is Right models to Late Late Show. Last year for April Fool's, Carey and Gray switched places with the models on the show. Ferguson already taped his Price [...]

Joel McHale Officially Says He Isn't Interested in Hosting 'The Late Late Show' on 'Conan'

A picture tweeted by the wife of CBS President Les Moonves of the two of them with Joel McHale started a firestorm or rumors that the Soup/Community star would take over for Craig Ferguson when he steps down as host of The Late Late Show. CBS denied it, and now McHale has as well, saying "Who would do that? That is so much work, right?" to Conan. Let the wild speculation continue!

CBS Says They're Not in Talks with Joel McHale to Take Over 'The Late Late Show'

With NBC having canceled Community last week and freeing up star Joel McHale in the process, many have speculated that he'd be groomed to take over CBS's soon-to-be-vacated 12:35 am program The Late Late Show, but CBS boss Les Moonves is now insisting that the network is not in talks with McHale.

Speculation began this week after especially after Moonves's wife Julie Chen tweeted out a picture of her, her husband, and McHale, but Moonves said, during an interview with Bloomberg Television, it was just a chance meeting at a party and "there was no discussion about 12:30." He explained, "We were at a party the other night. We [...]

Norm Macdonald Is Campaigning on Twitter to Become Host of CBS's 'Late Late Show'

On Monday, Craig Ferguson announced he's leaving CBS's 12:35am program The Late Late Show in December after 10 years on the air, and comedian Norm Macdonald has thrown his hat into the ring to replace him. What happened is a Norm Macdonald fan started the Twitter hashtag #latelatenormnorm yesterday, and ever since, Macdonald has been retweeting every single tweet with the hashtag in a pretty blatant attempt to express interest in the job and build momentum, or maybe he's just goofing around.

Responding to a fan on Twitter, Macdonald says he has "no idea" if him getting the job is a possibility, explaining, "I haven't been approached [...]

CBS Denies That They're in Talks with Chelsea Handler to Take Over 'Late Late Show'

Despite the rumors, CBS is not in talks to have Chelsea Handler take over The Late Late Show for Craig Ferguson. Last week, The Wrap reported that Handler has been in negotiations for the job and last night, Handler posted a photo to Instagram of herself with a stack of papers with the CBS logo on one with the caption "Business meeting." CBS told Splitsider in a statement, "There are no discussions with Chelsea Handler regarding the network’s 12:30 late night broadcast. Her meeting with CBS yesterday was a general meeting with our syndication group."

Handler announced last month that she's leaving her long-running E! late [...]

Craig Ferguson Is Gonna Be a Game Show Host

Late night host Craig Ferguson is taking on hosting duties for a second show. He's been hired as the host of Celebrity Name Game, a new syndicated game show that'll debut in fall of 2014, THR reports. It's a half-hour show based on the board game Identity Crisis, and it's a fast-paced show that will involve celebrities teaming up with contestants to help guess famous names, including entertainers, athletes, politicians, and cartoon characters. Celebrity Name Game will be produced by Courtney Cox and David Arquette, via their company Coquette Productions. Ferguson, who will become the second Drew Carey Show vet to host a game show following Carey taking [...]

Why CBS Should Audition Its Potential 'Late Late Show' Hosts On Air Again

In the summer of 2004, host Craig Kilborn abruptly departed CBS's nightly 12:35am program The Late Late Show, and the network made a rather unusual choice when it came to selecting the show's next host: for the first and only time in late night history, CBS auditioned all of its potential hosts on air, letting its audience in on the host selection process that has always taken place behind closed doors.

Inspired by the success of Live with Regis and Kathie Lee finding Kathie Lee Gifford replacement Kelly Ripa via on-air auditions, CBS tried out 22 different Late Late Show hosts on air over the course of three months in the [...]

Why Joel McHale Is the Frontrunner for CBS's 'Late Late Show'

After a decade behind the desk, Craig Ferguson is set to depart CBS's 12:35 am program, The Late Late Show, in December. After a picture appeared on Twitter of Joel McHale having drinks with CBS boss Les Moonves, blogs like Complex and Uproxx have begun to speculate that McHale is the first choice for the job, and they're probably right.

Here are some reasons Joel McHale is near the top of CBS's list:

  • He's one of the most experienced TV hosts going, having anchored E!'s The Soup since 2004.
  • His schedule is now free with Community having been canceled by NBC last week, and that [...]

Contenders for 'Late Late Show' Include Michael Ian Black, Joel McHale, and Amy Schumer

While Stephen Colbert's appointment as David Letterman's successor went down in record time, THR reports that the hiring process to replace Craig Ferguson on The Late Late Show won't be nearly as easy or fast of a process. There are a bunch of names reportedly being considered by CBS for the gig right now: former Late Late Show contenders Aisha Tyler and Michael Ian Black (who both guest hosted the show before Ferguson got the job), Joel McHale, Daily Show regulars Jason Jones and John Hodgman, and wildcard pick Amy Schumer, who recently made a memorable appearance on Late Show with David Letterman. CBS Entertainment chairman Nina [...]

Craig Ferguson and Drew Carey Hosted Each Other's Shows This Morning

As announced a couple weeks back, Craig Ferguson and Drew Carey took over hosting duties on each other's shows today for April Fool's Day. Carey hosted the latest episode of Ferguson's The Late Late Show (watch his monologue above), while Ferguson is hosting this morning's episode of Carey's show, The Price Is Right, with Geoff the skeleton joining him as co-host. Check out Carey's full episode of The Late Late Show here.