Craig Ferguson Finalizing Deal for Syndicated Talk Show
Following his departure from CBS, Craig Ferguson may be close to landing a Syndicated talk show deadl.
Per the report: "The show is targeted to bow in the fall of 2015. It's expected that Michael Naidus, exec producer of CBS' "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," will be on board as showrunner of the show that will blend comedy and talkshow elements. The intent is to rev up The Hour leading into Primetime with the Ferguson yakker paired at 7:30 p.m. with a prime sitcom rerun a la "Two and a Half Men" or "The Big Bang Theory.""
A replacement for Ferguson on CBS has yet to be announced, though the network is reportedly courting Tony winner James Corden to fill the spot.
Ferguson entered the world of late night comedy following a diverse career that encompasses film, television and the stage. Since taking the helm of THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON on Jan. 3, 2005, Ferguson has received an Emmy Award nomination, a Peabody Award for the show and has set all-time viewer records, achieving the highest ratings since the show's inception in 1995. On April 28, Ferguson announced that he will be stepping down as host of THE LATE LATE SHOW this December. Ferguson is set to host "Celebrity Name Game," a new syndicated game show that will debut in September 2014.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Ferguson started in the entertainment industry as a drummer for some of the worst punk bands in the U.K., a profession he held for several years. Following his musical stint, he began bartending in a local pub in Glasgow where he was introduced to Michael Boyd, the artistic director of the Tron Theatre in Glasgow, who persuaded Ferguson to give acting a go. After several low-paying acting gigs, Ferguson discovered he had a knack for comedy, and was soon the star of his own BBC television show, "The Ferguson Theory."