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(The Hollywood Reporter)   Craig Ferguson closes in on new talk show deal   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line 55
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2014-08-16 11:17:12 AM  
Might work, as Ferguson is an extremely talented and intelligent person. But part of the fun of his current show is doing stuff he'll never be able to do at 7:30, without whines of complaint from fundies and right-wingers too old to stay up for the Late, Late Show.
 
2014-08-16 11:20:55 AM  
Only 9 words and subby manages to fark one of them up. And still gets a greenlight.
 
2014-08-16 11:24:13 AM  
This doesn't make sense to me. Why leave for a syndication deal that couldn't possibly match the network's clearance?

Unless they are throwing a freight train of money at him, of course ...
 
2014-08-16 11:24:50 AM  

show me: Only 9 words and subby manages to fark one of them up. And still gets a greenlight.


Oh, and this.
 
2014-08-16 02:00:41 PM  

show me: Only 9 words and subby manages to fark one of them up. And still gets a greenlight.


Leave subby alone, he's probably just scottish.
 
2014-08-16 02:00:51 PM  
As much as I love Craig I keep having Chevy Chase flashbacks about this.
 
2014-08-16 02:03:49 PM  

thetrenchcoat: As much as I love Craig I keep having Chevy Chase flashbacks about this.


You probably just hit your head.
 
2014-08-16 02:06:27 PM  

Infobahn: thetrenchcoat: As much as I love Craig I keep having Chevy Chase flashbacks about this.

You probably just hit your head.


My head or my...

img.fark.net
 
2014-08-16 02:11:30 PM  

HawgWild: This doesn't make sense to me. Why leave for a syndication deal that couldn't possibly match the network's clearance?

Unless they are throwing a freight train of money at him, of course ...


Steady money, more time with family, less stress?
 
2014-08-16 02:17:41 PM  

show me: Only 9 words and subby manages to fark one of them up. And still gets a greenlight.


Depends on what your definition of that word in, I guess...
 
2014-08-16 02:30:47 PM  

show me: Only 9 words and subby manages to fark one of them up. And still gets a greenlight.


Just what I thought, seems like it exposes some sort of green light voting ring on this site.
 
2014-08-16 02:37:59 PM  
Is it just me, or did his schtick get old fairly quickly?
 
2014-08-16 02:42:20 PM  

MFAWG: Is it just me, or did his schtick get old fairly quickly?


Not for me. His show is a satire of late night talk shows and he does it very well.
 
2014-08-16 02:42:39 PM  
"It's a great day for America, everybody!"
media.tumblr.com
 
2014-08-16 02:52:39 PM  
I'm genuinely excited for this.  I'm sure Ferguson will shake things up and deliver a different show at 7:30 than he does late at night.  He's a funny guy though so I'm confident he will be able to deliver.

I'm also genuinely excited for Colbert to take over for Letterman.  I'll PVR Ferguson, Colbert, the Daily Show and Conan, plus the new show after the Daily Show ... my PVR will be filled with comedy for those boring afternoons!
 
2014-08-16 02:59:26 PM  

show me: Only 9 words and subby manages to fark one of them up. And still gets a greenlight.


Not only that. This was announced weeks ago (not sure if there was a thread, admittedly). Subby just caught one of the commercials for it that started running yesterday.
 
2014-08-16 03:04:12 PM  
My takeaway from this is that all his talk of it being time to leave and move on to other things was total BS.
 
2014-08-16 03:11:06 PM  
Let's just hope he remembers who helped get him where he is today.
 
2014-08-16 03:15:04 PM  

Geoff Peterson: Let's just hope he remembers who helped get him where he is today.


Yeah, you'll be getting your patronage job soon, be patient, the paperwork takes a while.
 
2014-08-16 03:25:23 PM  

Geoff Peterson: Let's just hope he remembers who helped get him where he is today.


You're really Miriam, aren't you?
 
2014-08-16 03:32:41 PM  

HawgWild: This doesn't make sense to me. Why leave for a syndication deal that couldn't possibly match the network's clearance?

Unless they are throwing a freight train of money at him, of course ...


Syndication shows are a crapshoot, too. If he's going to be on between Wendy Williams and Judge Judy, I'm not going to be seeing it. Don't get me wrong -- I love Wendy. She's my favorite drag queen, but I don't watch daytime TV. And how many good night-time syndicated shows are there?

I said it in another thread -- I'd like to see Ferguson do a good sitcom where he has creative control. He's a great comedian and a good actor. If you haven't seen it, you should watch him in "Saving Grace." I'd watch the hell out of a Ferguson sitcom.
 
2014-08-16 03:37:05 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: If he's going to be on between Wendy Williams and Judge Judy,


They're aiming for him to be in the dinnertime sitcom/tabloid blocks, preferably 7:30.
 
2014-08-16 03:37:31 PM  

show me: Only 9 words and subby manages to fark one of them up. And still gets a greenlight.


And it's not like the letters are near each other on the keyboard there.  I can forgive an "I" for and "O" but an "S" for an "N" is just poor spelling
 
2014-08-16 03:37:51 PM  
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2014-08-16 03:44:07 PM  

show me: Only 9 words and subby manages to fark one of them up. And still gets a greenlight.



Oh, here we go again! More Ferguson police brutality! Fark tha Ferguson poleeze! Boycott Sal's!
 
2014-08-16 03:46:00 PM  

100 Watt Walrus: My takeaway from this is that all his talk of it being time to leave and move on to other things was total BS.


What do you mean? This is a thing he moved on to.
Did you think he meant leaving tv?
 
2014-08-16 03:51:35 PM  
I'm more likely to watch this than any of the other late night douches except Colbert, but the early hour has me worried. He's never been a mainstream guy and I'm not sure I'd like it if he changed to become one.
 
2014-08-16 03:53:11 PM  
For me, this is perfect.  Fergy at 7:30, and during half the year I get to watch The Daily Show (et al) starting at 8 pm on DirecTV.
 
2014-08-16 03:57:33 PM  

12349876: ecmoRandomNumbers: If he's going to be on between Wendy Williams and Judge Judy,

They're aiming for him to be in the dinnertime sitcom/tabloid blocks, preferably 7:30.


I hope he blows the post-national network news tabloid crap off the air. The only entertainment stuff I read or watch is on Fark. For the Snark. As a Lark.
 
2014-08-16 03:58:14 PM  

12349876: They're aiming for him to be in the dinnertime sitcom/tabloid blocks, preferably 7:30.


So he's going to go up against Jeopardy.  Sounds like a winning plan.
 
2014-08-16 04:04:14 PM  

wxboy: 12349876: They're aiming for him to be in the dinnertime sitcom/tabloid blocks, preferably 7:30.

So he's going to go up against Jeopardy.  Sounds like a winning plan.


He doesn't need to beat Jeopardy to be successful.  My ABC and NBC BOTH show a tabloid shows against Jeopardy.  One would think that one might try something different.  Or FOX could jump in.

/not in a Tribune city
 
2014-08-16 04:04:50 PM  

wxboy: 12349876: They're aiming for him to be in the dinnertime sitcom/tabloid blocks, preferably 7:30.

So he's going to go up against Jeopardy.  Sounds like a winning plan.


Trebek is retiring.
 
2014-08-16 04:10:53 PM  

MFAWG: wxboy: 12349876: They're aiming for him to be in the dinnertime sitcom/tabloid blocks, preferably 7:30.

So he's going to go up against Jeopardy.  Sounds like a winning plan.

Trebek is retiring.


Good. I hate that smug Canuck. He knows why.
 
2014-08-16 04:17:57 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: MFAWG: wxboy: 12349876: They're aiming for him to be in the dinnertime sitcom/tabloid blocks, preferably 7:30.

So he's going to go up against Jeopardy.  Sounds like a winning plan.

Trebek is retiring.

Good. I hate that smug Canuck. He knows why.


That time with you, him and the donkey? It's not his fault that the donkey didn't care for you.
 
2014-08-16 04:21:29 PM  

12349876: wxboy: 12349876: They're aiming for him to be in the dinnertime sitcom/tabloid blocks, preferably 7:30.

So he's going to go up against Jeopardy.  Sounds like a winning plan.

He doesn't need to beat Jeopardy to be successful.  My ABC and NBC BOTH show a tabloid shows against Jeopardy.  One would think that one might try something different.  Or FOX could jump in.

/not in a Tribune city


The main reason I picked Jeopardy is that I don't think the people watching those tabloid shows are very likely to be drawn to a Craig Ferguson show.  Of the programs that typically air in the pre-prime time hour on OTA stations, Jeopardy is the only one I can think of where he might be able to draw existing viewers from.  He's basically going to have to pick up most of his audience from people who don't watch anything at that time right now, which might not be enough to make the show successful.
 
2014-08-16 04:34:30 PM  

wxboy: 12349876: wxboy: 12349876: They're aiming for him to be in the dinnertime sitcom/tabloid blocks, preferably 7:30.

So he's going to go up against Jeopardy.  Sounds like a winning plan.

He doesn't need to beat Jeopardy to be successful.  My ABC and NBC BOTH show a tabloid shows against Jeopardy.  One would think that one might try something different.  Or FOX could jump in.

/not in a Tribune city

The main reason I picked Jeopardy is that I don't think the people watching those tabloid shows are very likely to be drawn to a Craig Ferguson show.  Of the programs that typically air in the pre-prime time hour on OTA stations, Jeopardy is the only one I can think of where he might be able to draw existing viewers from.  He's basically going to have to pick up most of his audience from people who don't watch anything at that time right now, which might not be enough to make the show successful.


There's plenty of sitcom and cable viewers too.  Those sitcom repeats do very well in the syndicated ratings.
 
2014-08-16 05:01:54 PM  
Will Geoff be there?

/Balls
 
2014-08-16 05:03:24 PM  

SomeoneDumb: I'm more likely to watch this than any of the other late night douches except Colbert, but the early hour has me worried. He's never been a mainstream guy and I'm not sure I'd like it if he changed to become one.


You must have missed that sitcom he was on that was a total flop and he was horrible on it, what was it called? Oh, yeah, The Drew Carey Show. farking awful!
 
2014-08-16 05:05:19 PM  

Betep: 12349876: ecmoRandomNumbers: If he's going to be on between Wendy Williams and Judge Judy,

They're aiming for him to be in the dinnertime sitcom/tabloid blocks, preferably 7:30.

I hope he blows the post-national network news tabloid crap off the air. The only entertainment stuff I read or watch is on Fark. For the Snark. As a Lark.


Then to the park?  Where the dogs bark?
 
2014-08-16 05:43:35 PM  

MFAWG: Is it just me, or did his schtick get old fairly quickly?


Craig's show pre-Geoff: always changing and you never knew what was going to happen, especially in the opener. Dancing! Puppets! Sexy interns! Occasional Carsonesque stupid skits too.

Post-Geoff: same damn show every night with the increasingly annoying and ever-present "sidekick."
 
2014-08-16 05:45:00 PM  
So I looked up what's on the network affiliates here at 7:30 PM on weeknights.  It's Jeopardy (of course), Access Hollywood, The Insider, and a rerun of Big Bang Theory (on the Fox affiliate, which also airs a BBT rerun at 6:30 PM).

I would suspect that's pretty much the case in every market, so it does appear to me that there would be a place for something different in that slot.  As noted above, I don't think he'd take audience so much from any of those shows as draw in people who aren't watching TV at that time, because they find the choices bland.
 
2014-08-16 05:55:04 PM  

chitownmike: SomeoneDumb: I'm more likely to watch this than any of the other late night douches except Colbert, but the early hour has me worried. He's never been a mainstream guy and I'm not sure I'd like it if he changed to become one.

You must have missed that sitcom he was on that was a total flop and he was horrible on it, what was it called? Oh, yeah, The Drew Carey Show. farking awful!


That was scripted, but I get your snark.
 
2014-08-16 05:59:09 PM  

jake_lex: So I looked up what's on the network affiliates here at 7:30 PM on weeknights.  It's Jeopardy (of course), Access Hollywood, The Insider, and a rerun of Big Bang Theory (on the Fox affiliate, which also airs a BBT rerun at 6:30 PM).

I would suspect that's pretty much the case in every market, so it does appear to me that there would be a place for something different in that slot.  As noted above, I don't think he'd take audience so much from any of those shows as draw in people who aren't watching TV at that time, because they find the choices bland.


Tribune seems to be the main company behind this, so it's going to be a lot of FOX and CW stations in the big cities.  No other big company deals for the smaller cities yet.

Tribune stations:
CW - Los Angeles, Denver, Waterbury CT, DC, Miami, Chicago, Bloomington IN, New Orleans, St. Louis, NYC, Portland, Dallas, Houston, Hampton Roads
FOX - Sacramento, San Diego, Denver, Hartford, Indy, Grand Rapids, KC, STL, research triangle NC, Cleveland, Harrisburg, SLC, Seattle, Milwaukee
CBS - Huntsville AL, Fayetteville AR, Memphis, Hampton Roads, Richmond VA
NBC - Des Moines, OKC
ABC - Quad Cities, New Orleans, Scranton
MyNetworkTV - Fayetteville AR, Philly, Seattle
 
2014-08-16 06:02:08 PM  

lindalouwho: 100 Watt Walrus: My takeaway from this is that all his talk of it being time to leave and move on to other things was total BS.

What do you mean? This is a thing he moved on to.
Did you think he meant leaving tv?


Did you RTFA? If it's to be believed, he's going to be doing essentially the same show (except, probably tamed for 7:30) from the same studio. If that's the case, the only thing he's "moved on to" is a different signature on his pay check.

I'm hoping that's all wrong because while I love his show, he was  very insistent the departure was his idea, and that "10 years is enough." So either he was lying, or TFA is wrong about the structure of this possible new show.
 
2014-08-16 06:04:59 PM  

SomeoneDumb: chitownmike: SomeoneDumb: I'm more likely to watch this than any of the other late night douches except Colbert, but the early hour has me worried. He's never been a mainstream guy and I'm not sure I'd like it if he changed to become one.

You must have missed that sitcom he was on that was a total flop and he was horrible on it, what was it called? Oh, yeah, The Drew Carey Show. farking awful!

That was scripted, but I get your snark.


But a lot of it wasn't, that show was done a lot like Curb Your Enthusiasm once it was established
 
2014-08-16 06:12:27 PM  

12349876: jake_lex: So I looked up what's on the network affiliates here at 7:30 PM on weeknights.  It's Jeopardy (of course), Access Hollywood, The Insider, and a rerun of Big Bang Theory (on the Fox affiliate, which also airs a BBT rerun at 6:30 PM).

I would suspect that's pretty much the case in every market, so it does appear to me that there would be a place for something different in that slot.  As noted above, I don't think he'd take audience so much from any of those shows as draw in people who aren't watching TV at that time, because they find the choices bland.

Tribune seems to be the main company behind this, so it's going to be a lot of FOX and CW stations in the big cities.  No other big company deals for the smaller cities yet.

Tribune stations:
CW - Los Angeles, Denver, Waterbury CT, DC, Miami, Chicago, Bloomington IN, New Orleans, St. Louis, NYC, Portland, Dallas, Houston, Hampton Roads
FOX - Sacramento, San Diego, Denver, Hartford, Indy, Grand Rapids, KC, STL, research triangle NC, Cleveland, Harrisburg, SLC, Seattle, Milwaukee
CBS - Huntsville AL, Fayetteville AR, Memphis, Hampton Roads, Richmond VA
NBC - Des Moines, OKC
ABC - Quad Cities, New Orleans, Scranton
MyNetworkTV - Fayetteville AR, Philly, Seattle


Everyone seems to have missed that it's WGN. He's going to cable.
 
2014-08-16 06:19:41 PM  

100 Watt Walrus: lindalouwho: 100 Watt Walrus: My takeaway from this is that all his talk of it being time to leave and move on to other things was total BS.

What do you mean? This is a thing he moved on to.
Did you think he meant leaving tv?

Did you RTFA? If it's to be believed, he's going to be doing essentially the same show (except, probably tamed for 7:30) from the same studio. If that's the case, the only thing he's "moved on to" is a different signature on his pay check.

I'm hoping that's all wrong because while I love his show, he was  very insistent the departure was his idea, and that "10 years is enough." So either he was lying, or TFA is wrong about the structure of this possible new show.


It's a game show. The commercials for it looked nothing like a talk show.
Dnrtfa but I read 2 articles about it a few weeks ago. Those said he has the cache to get the celebs/actors they need for this show. Not the same show. I'm guessing that you, like many others, want him in a sitcom. We have no idea if he wants to do that, though I think they'd at least come up with ideas or a pilot if he decides he wants that.
 
2014-08-16 06:24:05 PM  

100 Watt Walrus: lindalouwho: 100 Watt Walrus: My takeaway from this is that all his talk of it being time to leave and move on to other things was total BS.

What do you mean? This is a thing he moved on to.
Did you think he meant leaving tv?

Did you RTFA? If it's to be believed, he's going to be doing essentially the same show (except, probably tamed for 7:30) from the same studio. If that's the case, the only thing he's "moved on to" is a different signature on his pay check.

I'm hoping that's all wrong because while I love his show, he was  very insistent the departure was his idea, and that "10 years is enough." So either he was lying, or TFA is wrong about the structure of this possible new show.


I just read TFA, and stand corrected.

This show is in addition to The Celebrity Game Show.

/my bad
//learned my lesson
 
2014-08-16 06:29:52 PM  

MFAWG: Is it just me, or did his schtick get old fairly quickly?


It's just you.
 
2014-08-16 06:46:13 PM  

wildcardjack: Everyone seems to have missed that it's WGN. He's going to cable.


Local WGN is different from cable WGN.  While they share some programming, it isn't a full simulcast.  A syndicated show like this one will definitely not be allowed on the national feed.
 
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