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Craig Ferguson leaving Late Late Show

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Bob Coxner, Apr 28, 2014.

  1. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    I was really hoping to see this slot used for either a woman or minority (or both) to get into the network late-night game. I really think Aisha Tyler would be great, but I have no idea if she'd be interested in something like that.

    And there is still the simple business reality that the vast majority of TV viewers in the US are white and are more comfortable watching other white people on TV. So while hiring a woman or minority to host this show would get lots of positive press and earn CBS lots of kudos in Hollywood and New York, in the end, CBS is still a national network that has to succeed by offering shows that appeal to the widest possible demographic. So unfortunately, I'll bet the suits at CBS are a little scared to hire anyone other than a white male for this slot. They'll never get canned for just attempting to continue the status quo.

    USAFSSO Member

    Aug 23, 2005
    Las Cruces, NM
    I have been thinking he has been "phoning" it in lately (and literally).
  3. Bob Coxner

    Bob Coxner Active Member

    Dec 1, 2004
    Also it seems they pre-recorded a couple of weeks worth of shows. The monologues rarely mention current events and the guests are constantly being reminded which month it supposedly is.

    I love Gavin and Stacey. Corden is the creator and head writer of it and his Smithy character is very funny. I'm guessing he'll do a good job with Late, Late.
  4. DaveMN

    DaveMN Curmudgeon, Skeptic

    Nov 14, 2001
    Yeah- this lessens the enjoyment for me as well. Also, the "phone call" bit has run its course. It's the same thing every night. I think the show is now on auto-pilot until December.
  5. Frylock

    Frylock Live Long and Tivo!

    Feb 13, 2002
    Round Rock, TX
    Arsenio has a late night show again. I don't know what network it's on. It seems that they have tried females and minorities in the past. Remember Arsenio round 1? Or what about Magic Johnson? Or Joan Rivers? Now, both of them were horrible, but so was Pat Sajack and so was Chevy Chase.
  6. lambertman

    lambertman To see you, Nice

    Dec 20, 2002
    It was syndicated, but it's been cancelled. They renewed it originally, but got timeslot downgrades in the big markets so they changed their mind.
  7. nirisahn

    nirisahn Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Nov 19, 2005
    Denver area
    Has anyone seen or heard an official announcement from CBS? I've seen stuff on other places about James Corden being the new host, but nothing from anywhere related to CBS.
  8. Bob Coxner

    Bob Coxner Active Member

    Dec 1, 2004
    Given the 100's of news stories saying it will be Corden, and not a single denial from CBS, I would take it as official as these things get. My guess is they are wrapping up the details of the contract and won't say anything officially until that's concluded.
  9. Cainebj

    Cainebj Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2006
    New York
    Corden also had a pretty huge smash hit on Broadway recently and won a Tony Award for his performance.
    And he was supposed to be doing a revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum this season.

    I think he has done a fair amount of hosting gigs in the UK so I see why they would pick him - I just don't see why he would want to take it - it seems like it will kill his acting career. Maybe he's thinking it will give him a broader US audience.
  10. mattack

    mattack Active Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Yeah, several weeks ago, I was actually going to post a "Did Arsenio take an unusually long vacation or something?" thread here.. but googled it and realized it was cancelled. The funny thing is, they're still running reruns, I guess until Sept when new shows premiere.

    I didn't read the story, but I saw the headline from a story where Moonves acknowledged that they were talking to Corden.
  11. Cainebj

    Cainebj Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2006
    New York
  12. TonyD79

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Columbia, MD
  13. JYoung

    JYoung Series 3

    Jan 16, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I get why he would take the job. I'm still unsure of why CBS is offering him the job though.
  14. GoPackGo

    GoPackGo Well-Known Member

    Dec 28, 2012
    CBS realizes that 12:30 is no man's land. Craig's quirky show did well enough, why not keep the quirky going with this guy?
  15. JYoung

    JYoung Series 3

    Jan 16, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Because Joe Sixpack has no idea who this guy is.
    At least Seth Myers is known.

    On the other hand, neither was Conan O'Brien and NBC still groomed him for the Tonight Show (but we all know how well that worked out).

    Maybe CBS is going to see whom they can grow in that timeslot as I'm guessing Colbert won't get going anywhere anytime soon.
  16. TonyD79

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Columbia, MD
    Craig ferguson despite being on Drew Carey was unknown by J6pk.

    This is small time ratings land.
  17. JYoung

    JYoung Series 3

    Jan 16, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I'm guessing that you're disagreeing just to disagree because there is a big difference here in terms of Q Score.

    Joe Sixpack may or may not have known Ferguson's name but if you said "the guy who plays the English Boss on the Drew Carey Show", they would have known who you were talking about.

    Whereas if you say to Joe Sixpack, "the guy who won the Tony Award for 'One Man, Two Guvnors'", you'll most definitely get a blank look.

    Of course it is. And because it is, that's where they try these moves, to see what works and what doesn't.
    And who could replace Colbert down the road.
  18. Ozzie72

    Ozzie72 Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 2008
    Peoria, AZ
    I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that just about as many people are familiar with Doctor Who at this point as were familiar with The Drew Carey Show when Craig Ferguson got the job. "Joe Sixpack", on the other hand, is likely to have heard of neither man. Once CBS hires Bill Engvall or one of the Lizard Lick Towing guys to host, then Joe will be on the loop. Personally, I think CBS missed an opportunity. They could have had on-air auditions with a variety of rotating hosts and let ratings determine the winner.
  19. Inundated

    Inundated Face For Radio

    Sep 9, 2003
    Northeast Ohio
    Or maybe it's just that hiring someone from the U.K. worked so good last time...
  20. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

    Jan 5, 2002
    Berkeley CA
    Is the JoeSixpack argument really valid anymore? Craig has tons of fans on the Internet, and there are plenty of fans on the Internet who already know who Corden is.

    Picking someone who isn't 'well known' sort of ties in with the whole "CBS doesn't care what happens in late late night, look, they hired me" schtick that Craig is already doing.

    Give the guy a chance. I've seen Corden on the Graham Norton show and he is funny as hell. And if he bombs, no problem, he can go back to doing Sondheim and stuff. I win either way.

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