Craig Ferguson to host syndicated talk show

It’s being reported Craig Ferguson is close to reaching a deal to host a new syndicated talk show on US TV.

The new show would air at 7pm and would be distributed by Tribune Media Services.

Craig FergusonThe Washington Post reports it “will begin airing next fall” (2015) and that Late Late Show executive producer Michael Naidus will come to the new programme with him, along with robot skeleton puppet Geoff.

In addition to the new syndicated talk show, Craig Ferguson will also be hosting syndicated game show Celebrity Name Game (which starts next month).

Ferguson will leave CBS’s Late Late Show programme, with British actor/comedian James Corden the favourite to take over the gig.

The Washington Post – “Craig Ferguson to host new early evening talk show”
NY Daily News – “Craig Ferguson nears deal to launch new syndicated talk show…”

Conan on BBC Radio 2 and Absolute Radio

Conan O’Brien recorded an interview for BBC Radio 2 last week when he was in the UK to promote the launch of TruTV & his talk show ‘Conan’.

Conan spoke to Radio 2′s Steve Wright, and this aired on the station on Monday afternoon (4th August).

Click the image below to listen to Conan’s interview on BBC Radio 2:

Conan on BBC Radio 2

Conan also stopped by Geoff Lloyd’s Hometime Show on Absolute Radio whilst he was in the country – click here to listen to Conan’s interview on Absolute Radio.

James Corden “taking over” Late Late Show from Craig Ferguson

According to reports, British actor & comedian James Corden will replace Craig Ferguson as host of CBS’s Late Late Show.

Showbiz news website The Wrap says this information comes from “an individual with knowledge of the situation” but report a “representative for Corden did not immediately respond to requests for comment, while CBS couldn’t confirm at this time”.James Corden

Craig Ferguson will leave the Late Late Show at the end of this year having hosted since 2005.

James Corden is relatively unknown in the US but did get extremely positive reviews for his recent Broadway run in One Man Two Guvnors and has starred in films such as Begin Again with Keira Knightley.

In the UK, Corden is best known for his work in BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey and for hosting the Brit Awards in recent years.

The Wrap – “Craig Ferguson to Be Replaced by James Corden”
BBC News – “James Corden set to host US late night chat show”

A night to remember at the TruTV launch party

As many of you may be aware, a brand new channel launches tomorrow called TruTV.

TruTV is owned by Turner Broadcasting – the broadcaster behind TBS which airs Conan O’Brien’s ‘Conan’ talk show in the US.

‘Conan’ will air on TruTV Mondays-Thursdays at 11pm – the first time the show has been broadcast on UK TV.

So, I thought why not try my luck at TruTV’s Twitter hashtag competition last week, where you had to tell them why you deserve to go to their launch party in London:

I thought nothing would come of it, but sure enough I got a DM back on Twitter telling me I had won and would be attending the TruTV launch party in London on Thursday night (31st July), which Conan himself would be making an appearance at. I jumped at the chance and secured my place.

I was allowed a ‘plus one’ so what better person to take than co-owner of this very website James Burrage.

We were let into the event around 7pm and enjoyed some of the frankly unbelievably good food and drink on offer – canapés and, later on, a rather substantial hog roast. As you may have guessed the whole evening was ‘redneck’ themed – all of the staff I saw at the event were in character. There were some very interesting games/themes on the night, including a bucking bronco for people to try out, a tattoo parlour, arm wrestling and you could even try your hand at trying to sell something at the Hardcore Pawn shop.

Conan was speaking at the event so we made our way near to the front of the stage, and he came out just before 8pm.

He spoke for around 10 minutes about the new channel and how he loved the programmes they were going to be airing (one of which being his).

He also said how he thought British comedy set the benchmark for all other comedy – speaking about his love of Monty Python and Blackadder.

After the speech he made his way around to the back of the stage near to the entrance door.

We made our way to the same area where we found Conan doing some interviews and waited patiently in hope of a quick chat.

James got his Late Night With Conan O’Brien Finland DVD signed by Jeff Ross and Conan:

After a little while I got to speak to Conan. We shook hands and I asked him if he would do a week of shows in London. He said he’d love to and they’d have to get something arranged. After our brief chat he kindly had a photo with me.

Me with Conan O’Brien:

Conan definitely came across the way he does in interviews – very down-to-earth, funny and an all-round nice guy.

He stayed around for a little while longer joking with people and having photos taken then made his way outside to be whisked off in his car.

So, one of my ambitions realised – to meet the man himself. What a great night!

TruTV launches tomorrow on Freeview channel 68, Freesat channel 154 and Sky channel 565.

Click here to watch an official video from the event.