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(The Hollywood Reporter)   CBS wastes no time finding a replacement for David Letterman. Finding one for Craig Ferguson? Well, let's not be hasty here. We have other things to do. Important things. Things that will keep us busy for a while. Craig who?   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line 48
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2014-05-01 09:42:38 AM  
Seems obvious to me. Letterman wants to retire, and Colbert is interested? That's a no brainer. You make that happen.
If nobody's lined up to replace Ferguson, and he's not quitting until December... Yeah, take you rime interviewing.
 
2014-05-01 09:45:53 AM  
Everybody knew Letterman would retire fairly soon anyway, so no doubt CBS had been setting up potential replacements for some time.  Ferguson's departure is a little more unexpected, so CBS probably didn't make serious plans behind the scenes for replacing him.
 
2014-05-01 09:47:35 AM  
Keeping it classy til December!
 
2014-05-01 09:58:07 AM  
Wow,  Craig F got $5m j=for being passed over for Letterman's job? Nice work if you can get it!
 
2014-05-01 10:21:14 AM  

serial_crusher: Yeah, take you rime interviewing.


I actually heard this in Craig's voice, then heard himself chuckling at it, and finally Geoff making some smartass comment about who's supposed to have the bad programming.
 
2014-05-01 10:24:38 AM  

H31N0US: Wow,  Craig F got $5m j=for being passed over for Letterman's job? Nice work if you can get it!


Especially considering that he had made it fairly well known that he didn't even want the job.....that's some damn fine agenting there Lou.

Agent: "My client doesn't want the job, but if you give it to somebody else, he gets $5 mil...
CBS: "Sounds legit, where do we sign"
Agent: (under his breath) "Holy shiat, they fell for it?...(out loud) Uh, right here, here and here."

/seriously, the guy deserves a farking award for negotiating a deal like that
 
2014-05-01 10:29:39 AM  
This is actually politically more difficult. There's a lot of possibilities.

1. Colbert succeeds.  Craig's replacement wants a contractual obligation to be considered as his replacement someday.  This contract will come back to haunt CBS when there are more attractive options at the time Colbert eventually exits.  The lack of such a clause may prompt the best choices to fill Craig's seat to pass in favor of other projects.
2. Colbert fails.  Craig's replacement demands and receives their contractual shot, even if their show has failed with him by dint of its time slot.  CBS takes the risk.
3. Colbert fails. He is replaced by a new person, not Craig's replacement.  Automatic network  tension with Craig's replacement and a possible payout.  Further embarassment if Colbert's replacement also fails.
4. Colbert produces a solid #2 performance, but doesn't overtake the competition.  CBS now has to decide whether to replace him or continue.  The contract for Craig's replacement will be a factor complicating this decision.
5. CBS punts.  Craig's replacement is a temporary hire with an end date, possibly a sequence of temporary people.  Colbert can either succeed or fail without the additional complications for CBS of having someone in the on-deck circle.  This is the best short-term solution for CBS, but has long-term risks for the time slot.
6. Craig's replacement succeeds, but Colbert fails. This is the most unlikely scenario considering Colbert will be the lead-in show.  It's the most simple, though.  Colbert is out.  Craig's replacement is in.
 
2014-05-01 10:36:01 AM  

James Rieper: 5. CBS punts.  Craig's replacement is a temporary hire with an end date, possibly a sequence of temporary people.  Colbert can either succeed or fail without the additional complications for CBS of having someone in the on-deck circle.  This is the best short-term solution for CBS, but has long-term risks for the time slot.


They've done it with The Late Late Show before, they'll probably do it again.
 
2014-05-01 10:47:57 AM  

dj_spanmaster: They've done it with The Late Late Show before, they'll probably do it again.


That's where the smart money is.

Can I ask where the love for Chelsea Handler is coming from?  I'm assuming that it's from her agent and PR staff.  I've watched her show and her schtick is the complete opposite of what's been successful in this timeslot on any of the broadcast networks.

I guess she could shoot the moon, but it's no great effort to come up with a list of conventional choices.
 
2014-05-01 10:50:42 AM  

wxboy: Everybody knew Letterman would retire fairly soon anyway, so no doubt CBS had been setting up potential replacements for some time.  Ferguson's departure is a little more unexpected, so CBS probably didn't make serious plans behind the scenes for replacing him.


Yeah, I heard that Colbert has been on the radar since 2012.

On another note...

"Who's that next comedic voice? How do they compete with Seth Meyers? Is it an ethnic choice? Is it a woman? Is it a person of notoriety like  Sean Hayes or Neil Patrick Harris? Does the person come out of the Comedy Central family? There are lots of questions."

So, is "a person of notoriety" the new slang for "Homosexual"?
 
2014-05-01 10:53:55 AM  

wxboy: Ferguson's departure is a little more unexpected


Well, if you believe Ferguson himself, it really shouldn't have been since he had already considered quitting a couple of years ago and had told them that, so him departing at the end of this contract shouldn't have been much of a surprise.
 
2014-05-01 11:08:38 AM  

James Rieper: dj_spanmaster: They've done it with The Late Late Show before, they'll probably do it again.

That's where the smart money is.

Can I ask where the love for Chelsea Handler is coming from?  I'm assuming that it's from her agent and PR staff.  I've watched her show and her schtick is the complete opposite of what's been successful in this timeslot on any of the broadcast networks.

I guess she could shoot the moon, but it's no great effort to come up with a list of conventional choices.


TFA says CBS already shot her down for the host role.
 
2014-05-01 11:10:23 AM  
Craig even said outright in his monologue Monday that he had tried to leave a couple of years ago, which prompted to CBS to move him to the bigger studio and asked him to stay on 2 more years.  And was going to put the notice out months ago that he'd be done this summer, then Dave just came out and said he was done in the summer, prompting CBS to ask Craig to stay till Christmas.

It may sound naive, but i kinda believe him.  Craigs been basically open about everything else over his time, so i have a hard time believing this would be any different.
 
2014-05-01 11:26:49 AM  

Tsar_Bomba1: James Rieper: dj_spanmaster: They've done it with The Late Late Show before, they'll probably do it again.

That's where the smart money is.

Can I ask where the love for Chelsea Handler is coming from?  I'm assuming that it's from her agent and PR staff.  I've watched her show and her schtick is the complete opposite of what's been successful in this timeslot on any of the broadcast networks.

I guess she could shoot the moon, but it's no great effort to come up with a list of conventional choices.

TFA says CBS already shot her down for the host role.


Yeah, I think it is mostly Handler's own crew just floating news out there....

I think CBS ultimately decides to go with Aisha.... it will appear to be a "bold move", and then if it doesn't work out they can pull in another white guy 2-3 years down the road.
 
2014-05-01 11:35:12 AM  
Joel Mchale would be great in that spot
 
2014-05-01 11:36:02 AM  
This whole discussion is predicated on the assumption that the good folks at CBS know, or should know, what they are doing. That is a precarious assumption.
 
2014-05-01 11:39:07 AM  
"Plan number one has to be something that fits with Colbert to build a franchise," says Sam Armando of media buying firm SMGx. "[Letterman and Ferguson] always seemed to be separate shows, and now with a clean slate and Colbert in place, they're going to go for something more seamless."

For good reason.  Letterman's appeal doesn't fit the demographic.  People want a stupid, goofy, somewhat raunchy show to watch, and Ferguson fit that role spectacularly.  This is where the Handler mentions come in, because she's of the stupid, goofy, somewhat raunchy demographic.  Handler isn't going to get it, so I hope whoever they get is off kilter.  Rob Riggle anyone?
 
2014-05-01 11:40:09 AM  

Geoff Peterson: Joel Mchale would be great in that spot


Sounds to me like you really want to work with him. Have a bit of a man crush, do you?
 
2014-05-01 11:46:53 AM  
[spastic right arm movements]
 
2014-05-01 11:49:50 AM  

Geoff Peterson: [spastic right arm movements]


What's your left arm doing then?  Don't you normally shake them both now?
 
2014-05-01 12:14:38 PM  

dj_spanmaster: James Rieper: 5. CBS punts.  Craig's replacement is a temporary hire with an end date, possibly a sequence of temporary people.  Colbert can either succeed or fail without the additional complications for CBS of having someone in the on-deck circle.  This is the best short-term solution for CBS, but has long-term risks for the time slot.

They've done it with The Late Late Show before, they'll probably do it again.


Or they'll do the same audition process they did to get Craig Ferguson.

In addition to Ferguson, D.L. Hughley, Michael Ian Black, and Damien Fahey all did a one week trial run before Ferguson was named the official host.
 
2014-05-01 12:17:30 PM  
Gonna miss Ferguson.  He's solid gold fun.
 
2014-05-01 12:26:03 PM  
It would be interesting if they went in the Tom Snyder direction again.  His show was far more interesting than most of the crap on TV.
 
2014-05-01 12:34:55 PM  

ladodger34: It would be interesting if they went in the Tom Snyder direction again.  His show was far more interesting than most of the crap on TV.


Hm. A zombie late night talk show. It could work.
 
2014-05-01 12:35:02 PM  

bulsd: Geoff Peterson: [spastic right arm movements]


What's your left arm doing then?  Don't you normally shake them both now?


Balls.
 
2014-05-01 12:41:00 PM  
It's a great day in America!
 
2014-05-01 12:46:54 PM  
www2.cincinnati.com
 
2014-05-01 12:59:56 PM  
I actually thought about that, that Arsenio might bolt syndication if he could get a network slot like that (even though he'd be on about 90 minutes later than he is now in most markets, where he is on at the same time as the local news on a FOX or other station without 11/10pm news).   But, I don't think his ratings have been good enough in his return that CBS wants to try that..... it was pretty 50/50 on if he'd even get a 2nd season before Jay Leno came on to announce it.
 
2014-05-01 01:10:36 PM  

dletter: Tsar_Bomba1: James Rieper: dj_spanmaster: They've done it with The Late Late Show before, they'll probably do it again.

That's where the smart money is.

Can I ask where the love for Chelsea Handler is coming from?  I'm assuming that it's from her agent and PR staff.  I've watched her show and her schtick is the complete opposite of what's been successful in this timeslot on any of the broadcast networks.

I guess she could shoot the moon, but it's no great effort to come up with a list of conventional choices.

TFA says CBS already shot her down for the host role.

Yeah, I think it is mostly Handler's own crew just floating news out there....

I think CBS ultimately decides to go with Aisha.... it will appear to be a "bold move", and then if it doesn't work out they can pull in another white guy 2-3 years down the road.



I hope not or else it better not interfere with her Archer schedule.
 
2014-05-01 01:43:26 PM  

dletter: I actually thought about that, that Arsenio might bolt syndication if he could get a network slot like that (even though he'd be on about 90 minutes later than he is now in most markets, where he is on at the same time as the local news on a FOX or other station without 11/10pm news).   But, I don't think his ratings have been good enough in his return that CBS wants to try that..... it was pretty 50/50 on if he'd even get a 2nd season before Jay Leno came on to announce it.


Forget Arsenio.. If anyone was going to get a chance to host a network latenight show again I'd love to see Keenan Ivory Wayans get another chance
 
2014-05-01 02:07:12 PM  

bhcompy: dletter: I actually thought about that, that Arsenio might bolt syndication if he could get a network slot like that (even though he'd be on about 90 minutes later than he is now in most markets, where he is on at the same time as the local news on a FOX or other station without 11/10pm news).   But, I don't think his ratings have been good enough in his return that CBS wants to try that..... it was pretty 50/50 on if he'd even get a 2nd season before Jay Leno came on to announce it.

Forget Arsenio.. If anyone was going to get a chance to host a network latenight show again I'd love to see Keenan Ivory Wayans get another chance


Another chance?  What was his first chance?
/ILC was in Prime Time
//and a skit show like SNL, not a talk show
 
2014-05-01 02:16:16 PM  

Geoff Peterson: [spastic right arm movements]


Maybe you could bring some friends from the Robot Army to temp for a while?

Call Grant.
 
2014-05-01 02:20:06 PM  

dletter: bhcompy: dletter: I actually thought about that, that Arsenio might bolt syndication if he could get a network slot like that (even though he'd be on about 90 minutes later than he is now in most markets, where he is on at the same time as the local news on a FOX or other station without 11/10pm news).   But, I don't think his ratings have been good enough in his return that CBS wants to try that..... it was pretty 50/50 on if he'd even get a 2nd season before Jay Leno came on to announce it.

Forget Arsenio.. If anyone was going to get a chance to host a network latenight show again I'd love to see Keenan Ivory Wayans get another chance

Another chance?  What was his first chance?
/ILC was in Prime Time
//and a skit show like SNL, not a talk show


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118370/
 
2014-05-01 02:27:57 PM  
What about Conan O'Brien?

j/k..this is a tough one because how many people would even want the job and then out of that, who would be good at the job?

I imagine you want someone with some comedy/standup/skit ability for the first half of the show, then someone with the ability to interview for the 2nd part.  I think you can let up on the interview skill ability, since that can be coached and takes time to develop, but they should have a hint of it at the start. Are there any young stand-ups who do bits or gags of mock-interviewing people at red carpet events?  Maybe Kevin Hart?

Or get someone with the ability to interview and let your writers handle the monologue and skits.... so Ryan Seacrest?
 
2014-05-01 02:36:10 PM  
I just came in to say that I'm far more sad about Ferguson leaving than Letterman.  They all have their moments of funny, but the only one reliably worth watching if I'm up and want TV, or downloading if there's a guest I want to see, is Craigyferg.  None of the other idiots can do any of the things he's done, from Secretariat to Desmond Tutu and everything in between.
 
2014-05-01 03:01:29 PM  

bhcompy: dletter: bhcompy: dletter: I actually thought about that, that Arsenio might bolt syndication if he could get a network slot like that (even though he'd be on about 90 minutes later than he is now in most markets, where he is on at the same time as the local news on a FOX or other station without 11/10pm news).   But, I don't think his ratings have been good enough in his return that CBS wants to try that..... it was pretty 50/50 on if he'd even get a 2nd season before Jay Leno came on to announce it.

Forget Arsenio.. If anyone was going to get a chance to host a network latenight show again I'd love to see Keenan Ivory Wayans get another chance

Another chance?  What was his first chance?
/ILC was in Prime Time
//and a skit show like SNL, not a talk show

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118370/


Thanks... don't recall that, and somehow totally missed that scanning his wikipedia page.
 
2014-05-01 03:14:02 PM  
I just came in to say that I'm far more sad about Ferguson leaving than Letterman.  They all have their moments of funny, but the only one reliably worth watching if I'm up and want TV, or downloading if there's a guest I want to see, is Craigyferg.  None of the other idiots can do any of the things he's done, from Secretariat to Desmond Tutu and everything in between.

So much THIS.

His Monday statement was bittersweet. I am so going to miss him and the gang at that show, but he has the intelligence and sense to go when he's getting tired of the same old grind. He's brilliant and a class act all the way. I mourn his decision but respect it as well.

I'd like to see some organized effort by his fans to thank him in a public way for his show. Fund raisers for worthy causes labeled as "Thanks Craig" events, goofy flash mob stunts, anything we could think of to let him know how much we appreciated his work.

A send off unlike anything seen before, because "THIS IS NOT LIKE ANY OTHER LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW"
 
2014-05-01 03:27:14 PM  
When it was getting leaked about Letterman I'd read that Worldwide Pants also owned The Late Late Show and that it was in Letterman's contract that Ferguson was unfireable due to ratings (or some such).  Letterman's departure also meant the networks didnt own the show along with Ferg's.  When it was confirmed nothing was said of Ferg's show until they had announced Colbert as the replacement.  Im not digging up the article (dont remember where i read it) but I dont know how much of that was confirmed.

Whatever Craig moves on to will be good.  I always found him enjoyable and funny on his show but I know he loves to write too.  Maybe he'll start writing shows or more books.
 
2014-05-01 04:17:25 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-05-01 05:05:07 PM  

dletter: wxboy: Everybody knew Letterman would retire fairly soon anyway, so no doubt CBS had been setting up potential replacements for some time.  Ferguson's departure is a little more unexpected, so CBS probably didn't make serious plans behind the scenes for replacing him.

Yeah, I heard that Colbert has been on the radar since 2012.

On another note...

"Who's that next comedic voice? How do they compete with Seth Meyers? Is it an ethnic choice? Is it a woman? Is it a person of notoriety like  Sean Hayes or Neil Patrick Harris? Does the person come out of the Comedy Central family? There are lots of questions."

So, is "a person of notoriety" the new slang for "Homosexual"?


I would like Sean Hayes and Neil Patrick Harris to get a shot at the job. Not because they are gay but because they are intelligent, quick and talented. Of course, Zombie Regis Philbin will get the job, work for 25 years, then retire in time to attend Jay Leno's funeral.

At which time, Zombie Jay Leno will take Zombie Regis Philbin's old job at The Late, Late Show.

The circle of life.
 
2014-05-01 05:44:39 PM  

red5ish: This whole discussion is predicated on the assumption that the good folks at CBS know, or should know, what they are doing. That is a precarious assumption.


CBS Cares. (tm)
 
2014-05-01 07:39:06 PM  
They're probably taking a cue from NBC, thinking that they won't have to put much effort into their late late slot as long as they've got a strong lead-in. I seriously doubt Seth Meyers would be getting the kind of ratings he has now if viewers weren't already watching because of Fallon.
 
2014-05-01 08:18:02 PM  
It took a week to announce Letterman's replacement and no one really believes that CBS didn't know it was coming, do they?  They'll wait until next week at least to announce a replacement.  They're letting the news be about the host leaving for now before they reveal the new host.  Besides, it keeps people talking about the show.
 
2014-05-01 08:48:08 PM  

cyberspacedout: They're probably taking a cue from NBC, thinking that they won't have to put much effort into their late late slot as long as they've got a strong lead-in. I seriously doubt Seth Meyers would be getting the kind of ratings he has now if viewers weren't already watching because of Fallon.


Hoping the new changes at CBS will bring the end to Fallon's good luck streak. The only way I can explain every single sketch of his going "viral" is NBC paying YouTube, Facebook, and the like. If it wasn't for NBC's promotion blitz, he'd fall behind Arsenio.
 
2014-05-01 08:49:14 PM  

bhcompy: "Plan number one has to be something that fits with Colbert to build a franchise," says Sam Armando of media buying firm SMGx. "[Letterman and Ferguson] always seemed to be separate shows, and now with a clean slate and Colbert in place, they're going to go for something more seamless."

For good reason.  Letterman's appeal doesn't fit the demographic.  People want a stupid, goofy, somewhat raunchy show to watch, and Ferguson fit that role spectacularly.  This is where the Handler mentions come in, because she's of the stupid, goofy, somewhat raunchy demographic.  Handler isn't going to get it, so I hope whoever they get is off kilter.  Rob Riggle anyone?


If I weren't on the mobile site, I'd bold the "stupid" above before declaring:

You either don't watch the show much, or it sails over your head.

/ Mr. F is clearly one of the smartest guys on TV...
// hoping this is all contract negotiation noise, but I know deep down Mr. F is leaving... : (
 
2014-05-01 09:59:18 PM  
Ten years of Craig reruns would be fine with me.
 
2014-05-02 01:48:02 AM  

DesertCoyote: cyberspacedout: They're probably taking a cue from NBC, thinking that they won't have to put much effort into their late late slot as long as they've got a strong lead-in. I seriously doubt Seth Meyers would be getting the kind of ratings he has now if viewers weren't already watching because of Fallon.

Hoping the new changes at CBS will bring the end to Fallon's good luck streak. The only way I can explain every single sketch of his going "viral" is NBC paying YouTube, Facebook, and the like. If it wasn't for NBC's promotion blitz, he'd fall behind Arsenio.


Yeah, except maybe those Brian Williams rap video montages. Those deserve to go viral.
 
2014-05-02 02:46:44 AM  

Billy Liar: Ten years of Craig reruns would be fine with me.


10 years of Craig on DVD or Netflix would be fine with me. (But I imagine that will never happen due to the residuals that would have to be paid to the guests.)

In the mean time, I'm furiously acquiring as many full episodes as I can find. Sadly, anything more than a couple years old seems to be all 360p or below, and even then, full episodes are hard to come by.

/doesn't know anything about torrents or I'd probably look there too
 
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