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Craig Ferguson nearing deal to host a prime time talk show

Craig Ferguson at Comic Con
Craig Ferguson at Comic Con
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According to a Friday story in the Hollywood Reporter, Craig Ferguson, the soon to be departed host of The Late Late Show, will soon sign a deal to host a new talk show with a similar format. The show will be syndicated on TV stations owned by the Tribune Company that encompasses most major media markets in the United States. It will likely air at 7:30 p.m.

The new show will start to air in 2016, according to Deadline Hollywood. Ferguson is due to leave his current gig on late night this December. Besides the new syndicated talk show, he is also going to host a game show called Celebrity Name Game.

The new show will be taped in the same studios as his current late night show. Ferguson’s robotic side kick, Geoff Peterson, voiced by Josh Robert Thompson, will join Ferguson in his new gig, as will Secretariat, his pantomime horse. Ferguson’s current show runner, Michael Naidus, will produce the new series.

Ferguson is a Scottish American actor/writer/musician/standup comedian who moved to the United States in 1994. His thick brogue has graced the late night talk show universe since he took over hosting duties of The Late Late Show in 2004. Besides being a late night talk show host, Ferguson is best known to modern audiences for lending his voice talents to animated films such as “Brave” and “How to Train Your Dragon.”

Attempting to do a late night talk show format in prime time is considered a risky proposition. Jay Leno tried in during his brief hiatus from The Tonight Show when it was hosted by Conan O’Brien to somewhat indifferent results. But Ferguson’s brand of manic and sometimes off color humor has proven popular with audiences. He has the potential to attract a much larger following in a time slot that is not necessarily watched by insomniacs.