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EW reports that Starz has ordered The Chair, a reality series from the producer of Project Greenlight. The competition will follow two first-time directors as they direct their version of the same movie script. A team of mentors — including Zachary Quinto — will oversee the process.
Twilight alum Booboo Stewart has joined the cast of The Descendants, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That’s the Disney Channel movie about the children of villains from classic animated Disney movies. Stewart will play the son of Jafar.
After CBS announced that Stephen Colbert would take over as The Late Show host, the fun was watching the meltdowns on the right wing blogosphere. Rush Lumbaugh responded that CBS “declared war on the heartland of America” while Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro called Colbert’s faux pundit character “political blackface“.
Meanwhile, Colbert’s promotion raises new questions like what will replace The Colbert Report »
- Lyle Masaki
Craig Ferguson is welcoming Stephen Colbert to CBS. The Late Late Show host congratulated Colbert, who was named heir to David Letterman's Late Show Thursday during a taping of his show. "First of all, before we begin tonight, may I congratulate the lovely Stephen Colbert on getting The Late Show?" Ferguson said Thursday. "Isn’t that lovely? Congratulations, Stephen! A fine addition to the CBS cavalcade of stars." Analysis: With Stephen Colbert, CBS Targets One of Late Night's Youngest Audiences Earlier, Ferguson tweeted his well wishes. Congratulations to the hugely talented and fragrant and lovely @StephenAtHome on the new gig.
- Aaron Couch
Craig Ferguson dispenses with the elephant in the room at the start of tonight’s edition of “The Late Late Show” by acknowledging Stephen Colbert’s new gig as “Late Show” host. He addresses the matter head on at the start of his cold open.
“First of all, before we begin tonight, may I congratulate the lovely Stephen Colbert on getting ‘The Late Show.’ Isn’t that lovely? Congratulations Stephen! A fine addition to the CBS cavalcade of stars,” Ferguson says, according to a transcript from CBS.
With Colbert set as David Letterman’s successor, the focus of latenight watchers turns to Ferguson’s next move. It’s not immediately clear if he hopes to stay in the 12:35 a.m. slot now that “Late Show” is set to pass to Colbert. Reps for Ferguson declined comment Thursday.
Earlier in the day, Ferguson shared a similar sentiment on Twitter:
- Cynthia Littleton
Recently, a video surfaced of a younger Hamm on a cheesy '90s dating show, and the star had no problem mocking himself in an appearance on "The Late Late Show."
When host Craig Ferguson showed him the clip, in which Hamm promised the female contestant "an evening of total fabulosity" (Lol), the actor joked, "And that's how I met your mother." Nice of-the-moment pop cultural reference, Hamm!
Ferguson asked if the woman ended up picking him, to which Hamm replied, "Oh, no, she did not. Would you have picked me?"
Sure, the haircut is unfortunate, but fabulous food, fabulous conversation, and a fabulous foot massage? Sign us up!
Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images »
- Kelly Woo
David Letterman’s sign-off from CBS’ “Late Show” next year will not only mark the end of an era in latenight, it will bring the curtain down on one of the most unique and lucrative deals ever crafted for a television star.
But Team Letterman took advantage of a moment in time that gave it the utmost leverage. NBC had been so ham-fisted in its handling of “The Tonight Show” transition in 1991 that it alienated Johnny Carson and Letterman, Carson’s hand-picked successor. That made Letterman a red-hot commodity for a rival network that was desperate to break into the latenight business. Surprisingly, for all its Tiffany successes, CBS had never fostered a latenight franchise to rival NBC — or even ABC’s perch with “Nightline. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Once upon a time, Jon Hamm competed on a dating show — and lost. But although it happened back in 1995, the internet only found out about the incident recently. So when Craig Ferguson interviewed the Mad Men star on The Late Late Show Tuesday, he naturally used the opportunity to find out more about young Hamm’s foray into dating shows.
After watching the clip, in which Hamm promises his potential lady-friend “an evening of total fabulosity,” Ferguson asked if the woman picked Hamm. “Oh, no, she did not,” Hamm said. “Would you have picked me?”
Despite Hamm’s less-than-irresistible date idea, »
- Ariana Bacle
At a press conference, Neil Patrick Harris responded to speculation about him taking over for David Letterman as Late Show host, “I’m super-focused on Hedwig at the moment, so that hasn’t even been a conversation at all.” He later added, “It would be an asinine amount of work.”
Meanwhile, as the speculation into the next Late Show host continues, TheWrap reports that CBS was talking with Chelsea Handler about hosting a syndicated talk show or taking over The Late Late Show when Letterman announced his retirement. Now, those talks have moved towards the Late Show spot.
Syfy has ordered 13 episodes of Olympus, a drama about a young man who grows to be someone capable of banishing the gods to Hades.
- Lyle Masaki
He is a Glaswegian comic known for satirical, self-deprecating monologues featuring an animatronic skeleton and purple pantomime horse. But can Craig Ferguson turn himself into one of the reigning chieftains of Us television?
Groomed for the post by the long-serving Late Night host David Letterman, who last week announced his retirement next year, Ferguson, 52, who currently serves as host of The Late Late Show, which airs after Letterman, has repeatedly said he is not interested in the job. But a massive scramble for Letterman's role has been under way for several years. And Ferguson is said to be among the leaders.
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- Edward Helmore in New York
David Letterman’s decision to retire next year has predictably set off a storm of speculation about successors to his “Late Show” throne.
Stephen Colbert (pictured) has had quite a reversal of fortune in the past seven days. Last week he was forced to defend his Comedy Central series from accusations of racial insensitivity stemming from a joke involving a reference to Asian-Americans.
But in the past 48 hours Colbert has been tabbed by showbiz insiders and the media as a top contender to move to CBS’ 11:35 a.m. slot.
CBS reps have steadfastly declined comment on possible Letterman successors. A source close to the situation said the network intends to move quickly to set its post-Letterman lineup, a process that is expected to take a few weeks but not months.
Colbert’s current contract with Comedy Central runs through 2014.
Letterman, who turns 67 next week, surprised viewers on Thursday when »
- Stuart Oldham
Sure, he's irreplaceable. But someone will have to step into the 11:35 p.m. time slot on CBS when David Letterman retires next year after a record 33-year run in late night. They're big shoes to fill. But some names are already being floated as potential successors. Let's look at some of the next would-be after-hours kings and queens. • Craig Ferguson The Scotsman, 51, would be a logical candidate, as he's been hosting The Late Late Show, which airs after Letterman on CBS, since 2005. Ferguson has seemed conflicted at times about the 11:35 slot, saying in 2009: "I don't know if »
- Tim Nudd
In the weeks after John Oliver successfully filled in for Jon Stewart on Comedy Central's The Daily Show last summer, CBS executives initiated talks with Oliver's representatives about launching a show on their network, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The pitch was for Oliver potentially to occupy the 12:30 time slot currently filled by The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson in the event Ferguson does not re-up his contract at the end of 2014, or possibly for Oliver to launch a different show that would be syndicated by CBS, according to sources. The talks, which ended when
- Lacey Rose, Marisa Guthrie, Matthew Belloni
After more than three decades in late-night television, David Letterman will say his final goodnights next year. He discussed his decision to retire at Thursday's taping of The Late Show and will reportedly issue a statement sometime before the episode airs. Former R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills, who was a guest on Letterman's Thursday show, broke the news via Twitter. CBS Evening News anchor Jeff Glor confirmed the news.
How David Letterman Reinvented TV
Letterman told the audience during the taping that he had informed CBS CEO Les Moonves of his decision, »
Don't adjust your TV: Craig Ferguson and Drew Carey really have switched CBS gigs for the day! In a pre-planned, pre-announced April Fools' Day prank, the Late Late Show host and The Price Is Right emcee traded roles. Per the Hollywood Reporter, Ferguson surprised Carey's usual audience during a Feb. 10 taping of The Price Is Right, while Carey took over Ferguson's desk during a March 21 taping of The Late Late Show. (The audiences were tricked, but not on April Fools' Day, and those of us at home were in on the joke beforehand.) Carey's advice for Ferguson? "You've just got to show up in a good mood," he said. "That was the hardest part for me," quipped »
Craig Ferguson got a chance to practice for the game show gig he’ll start later this year. For April Fools Day, The Late Late Show funny man – who will host the syndicated game show Celebrity Name Game in the fall – switched places with Drew Carey of The Price is Right and got a chance to help fans figure out the cost of very important household items, like a beverage center. And Jeff joined him! Sweet.
- Lynette Rice
Longtime friends Drew Carey and Craig Ferguson fooled their audiences on April 1 by swapping gigs -- and The Hollywood Reporter was there to witness all the insanity. Ferguson first surprised the eager audience when he took Carey's place on stage during a Feb. 10 taping of The Price Is Right, later followed by Carey taking over Ferguson's desk during a March 21 taping of The Late Late Show. Story: Craig Ferguson, Drew Carey to Switch Places for April Fools' Day The switch made for an even higher energy day on The Price Is Right than usual, with a slew of lively
- Bryn Elise Sandberg
Will Scarlett Johansson get away from it all to enjoy family life with fiancé Romain Dauriac and their baby?Asked Wednesday whether they plan to settle in the U.S. or his native France, the pregnant actress, 29, said those aren't the only options. "I don't know. Maybe neither, who knows?" she told Craig Ferguson on The Late Late Show. "I've been thinking lately that maybe it's good to move to some faraway country where you can ski. I was thinking, maybe it would be nice to move to Switzerland." Johansson, who is promoting two new films, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Under the Skin, »
- Tim Nudd
TV news and notes:
- Chris Colfer has already written a feature film and several books, and now he'll stretch his writing muscles when he pens an episode of "Glee." He's reportedly writing an episode of the Fox comedy that will air later in Season 5, thanks to an offer from creator Ryan Murphy. Colfer has already met with the writing staff to hash out some ideas. [TVLine]
- Betsy Brandt is rebounding from the low-rated NBC comedy "The Michael J. Fox Show" with a new gig on Season 2 of Showtime's "Masters of Sex." The "Breaking Bad" alum will recur as Barbara, new secretary to Michael Sheen's Dr. William Masters. The new season of the Showtime series is due in fall 2014. [THR]
Craig Ferguson and Drew Carey have a April Fools’ Day prank for viewers: new jobs! The CBS hosts will swap roles for “The Price Is Right” and “The Late Late Show” telecasts on Tuesday, April 1. Also read: Science Channel Greenlights Craig Ferguson Series ‘I F-ing Love Science’ On Monday's “The Late Late Show,” Carey and Ferguson announced the switcheroo: ”Now this is for April Fools,’ so don't tell anyone!” the regular host of the CBS late night comedy talk show joked. As one-time host of “The Late Late Show,” Carey will interview comedy legend Carl Reiner, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Connie Schultz, »
- Tony Maglio
Ferguson will grab the skinny mic as host CBS’ daytime mainstay “The Price Is Right” while Carey will head over to Ferguson’s stage to host “The Late Late Show.” Both shows are shot on the CBS Television City lot in the Fairfax district.
Ferguson and Carey announced the plan on Monday’s edition of “The Late Late Show.”
“Now this is for April Fools,’ so don’t tell anyone,” Ferguson joked.
Carey’s lineup of guests for the April 1 edition of “Late Late Show” will include Carl Reiner, writer and fellow Cleveland native Connie Schultz and rocker Joan Jett. Three “Price Is Right” models and announcer George Gray will join Carey on the talker.
Ferguson, meanwhile, will bring his trusty sidekicks, robot Geoff Peterson (who already wears »
- Cynthia Littleton
For one day, Ferguson will get to oversee the Showcase Showdown on The Price is Right while Carey will “get off his feet for once” and chat with the imaginary band on The Late Late Show. Will will do the better job?*
Here’s an early look at the official promo:
*My money’s on Craig. »
- Lynette Rice
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