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Hosting a late night talk show was never a career goal for Craig Ferguson. As the comedian prepares to exit The Late Late Show in December, Ferguson, 52, tells People he held the gig a lot longer than he expected - and never held out hope that he would replace David Letterman. "I didn't want it," said Ferguson. "I know it is very hard to get people to believe it. It was never my inclination. I never wanted to be a late night host. I did it because it was fun, entertaining and engaging."Ferguson's already preparing for a new chapter in his life. »
- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice
“The Simpsons”-“Family Guy” crossover episode causing a stir with a “your sister’s being raped” joke Some are already troubled by the joke, which is set to air this Sunday. "I was blown out of my shoes when I saw the scene with the rape joke in it,” said Tim Winters of the Parents TV Council. "It really troubled me.” But in a recent interview, Seth MacFarlane defended the joke saying that “in context, it’s pretty funny.” Fox, meanwhile, would offer no comment when asked by the Associated Press. The Situation indicted for tax fraud Former “Jersey Shore” star Mike Sorrentino allegedly didn’t pay his taxes on $8.9 million in earnings. His brother is also being charged. If he’s convicted, The Situation could spend nine years in federal prison. Val Kilmer’s “Real Genius” movie is set to become an NBC comedy The Peacock is rebooting »
- Norman Weiss
Wee-hours TV can be pretty predictable. You’ve got umpteen reruns, a handful of old movies, a lot of direct-response ads and Craig Ferguson on CBS and Seth Meyers on NBC. Over at ABC, you never know what you’re going to get.
One night, Mariana Van Zeller, a regular correspondent for Fusion, is hiking through the Peruvian Amazon with Brazilian authorities on the hunt for cocaine-processing labs and on another, “Good Morning America” anchor Amy Robach is mixing it up with Taylor Swift. On another evening, viewers might watch an investigation of an elite squad of fire investigators who may be corrupt.
Welcome to “Nightline,” the news program that sees new life for itself despite having taken some serious gut-punches over the years. The venerable newsmagazine is carving out new digital space for itself that could have it vying with emerging news outlets like Vice for younger viewers and »
- Brian Steinberg
Known for his atypical, non-formulaic approach to his after-midnight talker, Ferguson told journalists in a telephone press conference that he’s taking a similar approach to “Name Game,” and isn’t sticking to any established format or canned atmosphere.
“I felt that when we were most successful in the late-night show, it was lovingly trashing the conventions of it,” he said, A big draw of “Name Game,” he said, was its simplicity and openness to allow “enough breathing room and enough room for me to kind of experiment and grow inside of it.”
Ferguson has been on-board the show since 2011, where it was originally designed as an hour-long for CBS from »
- Shelli Weinstein
CBS aims to accelerate the industry’s shift to Live Plus 7 as the standard metric for evaluating the performance of primetime series. The Eye said Wednesday it will add projected Live Plus 7 numbers to its daily overnight ratings reports as of next week, which marks the official start of the 2014-15 season and the rollout of the bulk of CBS’ fall slate.
The move is meant to be a statement to the TV biz and to advertisers that L7 ratings (and their C7 commercial ratings counterpart) should be seen as the new normal, given the vast growth of time-shifted viewing. Live Plus 7 ratings reflect viewing done via DVR and VOD within seven days of a telecast’s linear premiere. For a host of complicated reasons, L7 numbers do not include most streaming activity other than live streaming of network programming done on a smartphone or tablet within the confines of the viewer’s home. »
- Cynthia Littleton
How many women could've ably taken over for departing host Craig Ferguson on CBS's "The Late Late Show"? A lot, according to our count. But as Kathy Griffin alleges, the network never even considered a female host for the job before bringing on British comedian James Corden as Ferguson's replacement. "I was interested in the Ferguson spot long before it was announced because I had a feeling things might shift," Griffin told The Associated Press. "My joke phrase is, 'I can start Monday.'" Except Griffin quickly realized that becoming the first female host of a late-night show on a major network since Joan Rivers' brief run on Fox wouldn't be quite so easy. "They're not considering females at this time," she quotes one executive as saying. Griffin's alleged retort: "You realize that's illegal to say in a business meeting?" "I walk into the (meeting) room thinking, 'I'll give it a shot, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Billy Kimball is leaving startup news-and-satire cable network Fusion and will be replaced as chief programming officer by Wade Beckett, a former showrunner of Espn’s SportsNation” and former executive at NBCUniversal’s G4.
“Throughout his tenure, Billy has worked tirelessly to constantly improve our existing shows, nurture our talent, and develop exciting new projects, many of which are now reaching the pilot phase,” said Fusion CEO Isaac Lee in a memo to staffers. “As you all know, Billy is a brilliant producer and we hope to continue working with him on a number of projects in the future.”
Beckett is slated to join Fusion in October.
Kimball is one of the architects of an iconoclastic lineup that mixes hard-news analysis from veterans like Jorge Ramos with youth-skewing satirical programs such as “No, You Shut Up” that featured a talking hot dog and other anthropomorphic creatures holding forth on the »
- Brian Steinberg
Craig Ferguson announced he'd be leaving The Late Late Show back in April, but we hadn't heard much about who'll be replacing him - until this week. British actor James Corden has been confirmed to take over the late-night post. While you may be wondering who the heck this guy is, we're here to fill you in - and tell you that you may have been introduced to him in these recent Into the Woods pictures! Here's what else you need to know about the star and where you may have seen him before. Source: Getty He's one of the stars of Into the Woods. Corden was recently spotted in the Into the Woods trailer as the Baker (with Emily Blunt as his wife). Though he's not so well-known to Us audiences yet, director Rob Marshall probably had good reason to cast him in the musical - Corden is a »
Welcome back to the latest installment of Rolling Stone's Everything Index, where we rank the week's pop-culture power players, none of whom have to wait in line for iPhones. That's what assistants are for.
Speaking of, if you're feeling woozy today, congrats: you've either been infected with iOS 8, or a rare respiratory virus currently terrifying the Midwest. Don't worry, we've got you covered regardless, as both Apple's big announcement and the Ev-D68 enterovirus made this week's countdown. So did One Direction, Taylor Swift and the Olive Garden, two of which »
James Corden may not be a familiar face in the Us yet, but over at Popsugar UK, we've been watching the guy for years. From TV dramas to self-penned comedies, stage appearances, and sci-fi cameos, not to mention hosting gigs and charity skits, you can't go far in the UK without stumbling across this man. The good news is that despite us reaching peak Corden capacity and deciding to send him over to the Us to be the new host of The Late Late Show, he's a little more loved than other recent British exports (I'm so sorry about Piers Morgan, but please do feel free to keep him). From his memorable role as Smithy to his well-documented obsession with a particular British boy band (no, not that one), there's a lot to love about Corden. So sit back and allow me to introduce you to the English lad who »
The football star loses his job after a domestic violence video goes public, Prince Harry has an interesting response to Kate Middleton’s pregnancy, a new host is appointed to The Late Late Show, and more in today’s Last Lap.
After shocking video of Ray Rice punching wife Janay Palmer in the face hit the internet on Monday, the Baltimore Ravens running back has been released from his team and suspended indefinitely from the NFL. [Espn] Prince Harry speaks out about Kate Middleton’s pregnancy: “I can’t wait to see my brother suffer more. If it’s a girl, he’ll suffer even more.” [Us Weekly] Tony winner James Corden is officially the new host of The Late Late Show. [Broadway World] Robert Downey, Jr. says there are no plans as of now for an Iron Man 4. [Variety] Mila Kunis is ready to pop any minute, but that won’t stop her from having date night with Ashton Kutcher. »
- Taylor Ferber
Following the announcement of Craig Ferguson’s departure from The Late Late Show on CBS, a hosting job he has held since 2005, CBS announced today that British comedian and actor James Corden will replace Ferguson.
Like Ferguson, Corden has made a name for himself as a popular performer in the UK, both as an actor on stage and in film and as a TV personality. He won a BAFTA for his work on the British sitcom Gavin & Stacey, and he later won a Tony for Best Actor in the play One Man, Two Guvnors, which premiered in the National Theater in West End London and moved to Broadway in 2011.
American audiences are more likely to recognize Corden as the guitar-playing roommate to Keira Knightley in John Carney’s Begin Again, and he’s also taken up the role of The Baker in Rob Marshall’s eagerly anticipated film adaptation of Into the Woods. »
- Brian Welk
Here are the details:
Multi-Talented and Respected Star of Broadway, UK Television, Film and Comedy to
Take the Reins of CBS’s Late Night Talk Show in 2015
The CBS Television Network announced today that James Corden will be the new host of The Late Late Show. Corden – a multi-faceted performer, host, writer and producer with accomplishments that span television, theater, film and comedy – will take the reins of the daily late night show in 2015.
The 36-year-old Corden comes to American late night television with a growing list of award-winning and critically acclaimed credits. He is a »
Actor James Corden – best known for his roles in Gavin and Stacey, Doctor Who and The Three Musketeers – is set to be the new host for The Late Late Show at CBS. He will replace Craig Ferguson who has presented the show since 2005.
Nina Tassler, chairman of CBS entertainment said, “James Corden is a rare entertainment force who combines irresistible charm, warmth and originality with a diverse range of creative instincts and performance talent…He is the ultimate multi-hyphenate – a writer, creator and performer who is loved and respected in every medium he touches, including theater, comedy, music, film and television.”
Responding to the news, Corden stated: “I can’t describe how thrilled and honored I am to be taking over from the brilliant Craig Ferguson. To be asked to host such a prestigious show on America’s No. 1 network is hugely exciting,” the new host said in a statement. »
- Thomas Roach
British actor James Corden will replace Craig Ferguson as host of The Late Late Show on CBS next year, part of a complete overhaul of the network's late-night talk show lineup put in motion by the impending retirement of David Letterman. The network says it picked Corden, who won a Tony Award in 2012 for his role in the play One Man, Two Guvnors and appears in the movie Begin Again with Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo. Corden is also in the upcoming film Into the Woods with Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp. He hosts a sports-oriented game show in »
His name had been speculated about for a while, and today CBS officially announced that James Corden will be the new host of The Late Late Show in 2015, taking over for Craig Ferguson following his departure. “James Corden is a rare entertainment force who combines irresistible charm, warmth and originality with a diverse range of creative instincts and performance talent,” said Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment, in a release. “He is the ultimate multi-hyphenate – a writer, creator and performer who is loved and respected in every medium he touches, including theater, comedy, music, film and television. James is … Continue reading →
- Jeff Pfeiffer
CBS has named English actor James Corden as the new host of "The Late Late Show," where he will succeed the departing Craig Ferguson sometime in 2015. Corden won a 2012 Tony for the play "One Man, Two Guv'nors," co-stars with Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo in "Begin Again," has appeared twice on "Doctor Who" and co-created and stars in the Hulu series "The Wrong Mans." On the whole, though, it's fair to say he's even less well known to U.S. TV audiences than Ferguson was when he took over "Late Late Show" a few years after the end of "The Drew Carey Show." In this case, CBS is clearly betting on talent over celebrity, while also doing nothing to diversify the ranks of network late night talk. As somebody who doesn't watch any of these shows anymore, the Corden news merits a shrug, unless CBS gives him license to throw »
- Alan Sepinwall
CBS' choice to host The Late Late Show, British comic James Corden, was anything but conventional. In fact, when the network's pick to replace Craig Ferguson first leaked in early August, many found that they needed to conduct a Web search of his name. What turned up: a social media following of 4.4 million on Twitter and a prolific resume that includes TV (Gavin & Stacey), theater (One Man, Two Guvnors) and film (Begin Again, co-starring Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley). In making the formal announcement earlier today, CBS said only that Corden's show will make its debut
- Lacey Rose
After over a month of rumors, 'The Late Late Show' host has officially been confirmed.
After over a month of rumors, a new host of The Late Late Show has officially been confirmed.
As CBS points out in their press release, the British 36-year-old is "a Tony Award-winning performer on Broadway, a BAFTA-winning star of a UK television series, a feature film actor with two releases this year and an acclaimed host, writer and producer in several genres of television."
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"James Corden is a rare entertainment force who combines irresistible charm, warmth and originality with a diverse range of creative instincts and performance talent," said Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment. “He is the ultimate multi-hyphenate – a writer, creator and performer who is loved and respected in every medium he touches, including theater »
It's official: James Corden is the new host of The Late Late Show. Corden will replace Craig Ferguson on the program in 2015. "I can't describe how thrilled and honoured I am to be taking over from the brilliant Craig Ferguson," the Tony and BAFTA winner said in a statement. "To be asked to host such a prestigious show on America's #1 network is hugely exciting. I can't wait to get started, and will do my very best to make a show America will enjoy." Corden, 36, starred opposite Mark Ruffalo and Kiera Knightley in Begin Again this summer and will appear opposite Anna Kendrick and Meryl Streep in Into the Woods this December. Story developing »
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