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(New York Daily News)   Apparently Craig Ferguson's lawyers are the smartest litigators on the planet after having placed a "Letterman retirement clause" in his contract   (nydailynews.com) divider line 79
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2014-04-05 03:57:18 PM  

gingerjet: skinink: Just watched Drew Carey's monologue from the April Fools Late Late Show. It was pretty funny.

I thought it was awful.  I really wished he stopped giggling to himself.  Ferguson on Price is Right was awesome.

"I really have no idea what happens next"


My favorite moment on the Ferguson Price is Right is when they had Geoff Peterson announcing the prizes for one game, and after he gave all the specs and features of  the washer and dryer they were giving away, he said brightly "And I think I dated him!"

I'm pretty sure that's the edgiest comedy they've ever had on TPIR.
 
2014-04-05 04:01:18 PM  

Wellon Dowd: These guys are all really successful. None of them, or Drew Carey for that matter, is going to take a job that requires him to stay up until 1:30 am five days each week.


You don't actually believe those shows are aired live, do you? Seriously?

/ Where's the bill of sale for that bridge I "own"? I think I have a new sucker customer
 
2014-04-05 04:05:42 PM  

StrikitRich: mbangel10: My favorite suggestions so far are Neil Patrick Harris, Jon Hamm, or Tina Fey.

Since The Late Show is so NYC, I wonder if Craig would want to move back there.  NPH would be a good choice for The Late Late Show, though.


NPH was mentioned in a thread last night and it really sort of clicked for me.  He's got nearly a decade with CBS now playing a hugely popular character on a hugely popular show that just ended, he's charming, talented, versatile, looks great in a suit, and is no stranger to performing live in front of an audience on a nightly basis thanks to his EXTENSIVE theater work.  The only thing he has going against him is that he's openly gay, which might alienate some of the dinosaur crowd.  Then again, he's been brought in for other traditionally dinosaur-enjoyed live CBS events like the Thanksgiving Day Parade and did just fine.  CBS offering him the spot wouldn't be a bad move.

Of course, there's still Conan.  Word is his contract with TBS is also up in 2015, so the timing could work.  On the other hand, TBS has by all accounts really treated Conan well, and from his behavior during the whole "Jay Leno retiring oops not really" fiasco Conan isn't the kind of person to just ditch someone casually because, hey, more money. I mean if it was enough money he would obviously, but he'd still do his best to not screw over TBS in the process at least.  That might sour the deal.
 
2014-04-05 04:10:44 PM  
I like Chelsea Handler, but she's way too unpredictable and uncontrollable for the 1130 slot. I'm not sure CBS would even take a chance on her for 1230 if the moved Ferguson. I'd sure watch, though.
 
2014-04-05 04:21:23 PM  

Lokasenna: Valiente: Speaker2Animals: Ferguson is the only one of all the late night hosts I ever bother watching.

This. I enjoy seeing the wet spots many of his "half his age" female guests leave on the upholstery. I don't necessarily get it, but I like it.

I feel like a perv for asking this, but pics or it didn't happen.


No physical evidence, but the best example is his most recent interview with Angela Kinsey. The best part starts right around 5:55 when they start talking about "respect".  Absolutely none of his late night competition could have that "respect" conversation with any actress.  Craig has similar conversations with just about all of them.  Plus, there's Liza and Tuyen ... I love to watch Liza dance...
 
2014-04-05 04:34:02 PM  
Wellon Dowd: jbc: It will be one of four people: Ferguson, Conan, Jon Stewart or Joel McHale.

These guys are all really successful. None of them, or Drew Carey for that matter, is going to take a job that requires him to stay up until 1:30 am five days each week.


Nice try.  3/10.  I don't believe you are this dumb.  You managed to turn on your computer/device and type this here.


Meet your new late show host WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW LOOOOOOOOOK

i2.cdn.turner.com
 
2014-04-05 04:34:14 PM  
Hugo Weaving would be cool.
 
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2014-04-05 04:48:45 PM  

Wellon Dowd: jbc: It will be one of four people: Ferguson, Conan, Jon Stewart or Joel McHale.

These guys are all really successful. None of them, or Drew Carey for that matter, is going to take a job that requires him to stay up until 1:30 am five days each week.


not sure if serious. they tape like at 3pm or something. this isn't like 1950 where the shows have to air live.
 
2014-04-05 04:51:18 PM  

x23: Wellon Dowd: jbc: It will be one of four people: Ferguson, Conan, Jon Stewart or Joel McHale.

These guys are all really successful. None of them, or Drew Carey for that matter, is going to take a job that requires him to stay up until 1:30 am five days each week.

not sure if serious. they tape like at 3pm or something. this isn't like 1950 where the shows have to air live.


Even if they did air live, he's on the left coast.  They'd run at 9:30pm for a 12:30am ET/11:30pm CT airing.
 
2014-04-05 05:32:50 PM  

jake_lex: This notion that a job on broadcast TV is always superior to a job on cable TV is still hanging around, even though it hasn't been true for quite a while now. I mean, I remember that a few years ago, people were bouncing around the idea that Jon Stewart should take over the CBS Evening News.


Also, some long-timers at Espn have been wooed by the networks and chosen to stay, Berman and Ley for example. Sure, some have left (Patrick, Steiner, Kilborn, etc.) but it's not a hard and fast rule.
 
2014-04-05 05:36:01 PM  
I wish Phil Hartman was still alive.
 
2014-04-05 05:36:47 PM  

sinanju: Lokasenna: Valiente: Speaker2Animals: Ferguson is the only one of all the late night hosts I ever bother watching.

This. I enjoy seeing the wet spots many of his "half his age" female guests leave on the upholstery. I don't necessarily get it, but I like it.

I feel like a perv for asking this, but pics or it didn't happen.

No physical evidence, but the best example is his most recent interview with Angela Kinsey. The best part starts right around 5:55 when they start talking about "respect".  Absolutely none of his late night competition could have that "respect" conversation with any actress.  Craig has similar conversations with just about all of them.  Plus, there's Liza and Tuyen ... I love to watch Liza dance...


I loved watching him with Berenice Marlohe - there's a woman who seems like a lot of fun:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmOXo72bYOU

In the first two minutes she starts getting a little warm because of Ferguson's Sean Connery impression.
 
2014-04-05 06:33:04 PM  

oukewldave: Wellon Dowd: jbc: It will be one of four people: Ferguson, Conan, Jon Stewart or Joel McHale.

These guys are all really successful. None of them, or Drew Carey for that matter, is going to take a job that requires him to stay up until 1:30 am five days each week.

Nice try.  3/10.  I don't believe you are this dumb.  You managed to turn on your computer/device and type this here.


Meet your new late show host WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW LOOOOOOOOOK

[i2.cdn.turner.com image 292x219]


Have you read Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko?

Some believe that giving voice to an idea can be a sort of spell, that giving a tangible form in writing or speech lends power to something that may just be a hope or wish.  Even if the spirit is not sincere, even if the expression is not something we want to come to pass, by releasing a thought in to the world we give it power we do not control.  It is apart from the speaker.

And that is why you need to STFU and GTFO before you release any more evil on the world.
 
2014-04-05 06:53:24 PM  
www.nndb.com

*changes last name to Ferguson*
 
2014-04-05 07:24:40 PM  
Why does there even have to be a talk show? Just show video of puppies and fireworks and semi-naked people. It will pull in the ratings.
 
2014-04-05 07:30:40 PM  
First of all, this is pretty common.  Everyone at 12:30 - Fallon, Conan, Kilborn - has had this is in their contract.  Even Letterman himself had it in his contract in the event that Carson retired and we all know how that turned out.  Ferguson will get the money.

StrikitRich: SpartacusHobbs: It's CBS. I wouldn't be surprised if they tried to get Leno.

Dave would resign a contract before letting Jay take his spot, again.


As I said in the thread the other day, Dave would take it in a heartbeat.  He wants his show to be the next legacy show like The Tonight Show and there's no better feeling that have Leno be the one to follow in his footsteps like he did Carson's.
 
2014-04-05 07:37:28 PM  
(But I don't believe Jay would move to NY)
 
2014-04-05 07:54:22 PM  
Arsinio.
 
2014-04-05 08:42:32 PM  

mbangel10: My favorite suggestions so far are Neil Patrick Harris, Jon Hamm, or Tina Fey.


While Hamm is extremely good-looking, he's not very bright, and even if you play an idiot as a host/interviewer (as Letterman did for years) you actually have to be really smart to make the format work.  Don't believe me? Check out Hamm's hosting turn on SNL.

Fey would be awesome.  NPH is not an bad choice, as he's actually young enough that he could do the job for the next twenty years.

It would be a step down for Ellen, and she's have to give up some control.  Drew Carrey has stated that he's lazy, which is why he likes TPIR: he only works a few hours a week.  Hosting a talk show is a 40-60 hour a week job (I saw Craig Ferguson a couple years ago doing stand-up and he spent some time talking about how much he actually works to put out an hour of TV a night) and you have to be there when a big news story breaks and you're suddenly throwing out the entire monologue right before you tape.
 
2014-04-05 09:02:19 PM  
I'd put Ferguson in Letterman's spot and put Tom Lennon in Ferguson's spot.
 
2014-04-05 09:08:17 PM  

sinanju: I'd put Ferguson in Letterman's spot and put Tom Lennon in Ferguson's spot.


Here's an interesting question: Letterman has always gotten to chose who was on after him and he gets to chose his replacement.  But what does Ferguson's contract say about his replacement, I wonder?
 
2014-04-05 10:19:35 PM  
I like Ferguson a lot better than I've ever liked Letterman. Thing is though that thy have two completely different styles and demographics. It'd be hard to tell if the dry humor-loving Letterman crowd would take to Ferguson's raunchy sturm und drang style of comedy.
 
2014-04-05 10:47:27 PM  
Hmm...how to fill a spot for a young, deadpan, cranky comic who couldn't give a shiat what you think about him...behold the next host of Late Night:

25.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-04-06 04:42:53 AM  

Kurmudgeon: "Ferguson is the only one of all the late night hosts I ever bother watching "

Me too, only reason I don't watch his current show is it's on too late.
If they put Craig in Letterman's chair, I'll get off the internet and go watch, may even watch the local news for a change.


Link. Keep it on the downlow. He's been booted from YouTube twice.
 
2014-04-06 08:51:20 AM  

BalugaJoe: Piers Morgan is available.


Die.In.A.Fire.   :-)
 
2014-04-06 01:29:03 PM  
Apparently Craig Ferguson's lawyers are the smartest litigators on the planet after having placed a "Letterman retirement clause" in his contract


That's been a standard clause in the contracts of potential late-night replacement hosts for the past quarter-century. Helen Kushnick got that into Leno's renewal as permanent Tonight Show guest host, so that he'd get a fat penalty payment if anyone other than him replaced Carson.
 
2014-04-06 02:32:09 PM  

100 Watt Walrus: Kurmudgeon: "Ferguson is the only one of all the late night hosts I ever bother watching "

Me too, only reason I don't watch his current show is it's on too late.
If they put Craig in Letterman's chair, I'll get off the internet and go watch, may even watch the local news for a change.

Link. Keep it on the downlow. He's been booted from YouTube twice.


?? Ferg videos are all over Youtube; why would those get booted?
 
2014-04-06 08:56:07 PM  

Speaker2Animals: 100 Watt Walrus: Kurmudgeon: "Ferguson is the only one of all the late night hosts I ever bother watching "

Me too, only reason I don't watch his current show is it's on too late.
If they put Craig in Letterman's chair, I'll get off the internet and go watch, may even watch the local news for a change.

Link. Keep it on the downlow. He's been booted from YouTube twice.

?? Ferg videos are all over Youtube; why would those get booted?


Complete episodes posted daily. CBS comes around requesting YouTube bring out the banhammer a couple times a year. Last summer there were three sources for daily full episodes on YouTube. They all disappeared on the same day. This guy moved to DM after getting shut down at YouTube three times in as many years. (It's fine by me. My Roku can stream DM.)
 
2014-04-06 08:58:14 PM  
For the record, I'd gladly watch LLS on CBS.com if...

1) Their player didn't suck donkey ass

2) They'd leave shows up for more than a few days.

There's just no valid reason to not put them up and leave them up. It's not like a prime-time show that's going to be coming out on DVD in a few months, so they want to create false scarcity. Leaving Ferguson or Letterman episodes up forever costs them nothing but a little bandwidth. It's horribly short-sighted of CBS.
 
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