Last ever Late Show Christmas show to air this Friday

Darlene Love will perform Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) for the final time on the Late Show this coming Friday (19th December).

Her performance has been a Christmas tradition over the past 28 years but this final appearance on Friday marks the end of an era as the Late Show only runs to May next year.

As this will be the last ever big Late Show Christmas show Jay Thomas will be back after a brief hiatus (missing last year’s broadcast due to unforeseen circumstances with John McEnroe stepping in to tell his legendary Lone Ranger Story instead) so have one last laugh at one of the best stories ever told.

Actor Josh Brolin will complete Friday night’s lineup ahead of the Christmas break.

Ahead of Darlene’s final Late Show performance, CBS have compiled a mash-up of her past Christmas appearances for us to enjoy:

New details revealed for James Corden’s Late Late Show

James CordenIt’s been announced the Late Late Show will get its first ever house band when James Corden takes over next year. Historically the Late Late Show has been the only late night talk show not to have a band.

Musician Reggie Watts will serve as band leader, Ben Winston & Rob Crabbe will be executive producers and Sheila Rogers (of the Late Show With David Letterman) will be supervising producer. Rob Crabbe previously served as supervising producer for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and had the same role on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

The start date for the Late Late Show With James Corden has been pushed back slightly from its original date of 9th March 2015 to 23rd March to allow more time for preparation.

Click here to read the CBS press release in full.
Deadline – “James Corden’s CBS Late-Night Show Names Reggie Watts Bandleader…”

David Letterman’s final Late Show to air 20th May

David LettermanCBS has announced David Letterman’s final Late Show will air on Wednesday 20th May 2015.

Letterman announced his retirement on-air back in April. Stephen Colbert, who wraps up work on The Colbert Report next week (18th December), will take over the Late Show next year.

It’s not been confirmed when Colbert will make his debut on CBS but as they need to refurbish the Ed Sullivan Theater where the Late Show will stay it may be a few weeks after Dave vacates.

In statement released today (Wednesday) CBS Corporation President and CEO Leslie Moonves said:

“David Letterman has given to all of us a remarkable legacy of achievement and creative brilliance that will never be forgotten… it’s going to be tough to say goodbye, but I know we will all cherish the shows leading up to Dave’s final broadcast in May”

When Letterman retires in May 2015 he will have hosted over 6000 shows on late night TV for Late Night and the Late Show combined.

CBS Late Show – “David Letterman’s Final “Late Show” Broadcast Date Announced”
CBS News – “CBS sets date for David Letterman’s final “Late Show””
People – “Date Set for David Letterman’s Last Late Show”

Craig Ferguson and Stephen Colbert head into their final shows

Craig Ferguson and Stephen Colbert are now into their final weeks as hosts of their respective shows – the Late Late Show will air its final episode with Ferguson as host on Friday 19th December and The Colbert Report will end its run of over 4 years on Thursday 18th December.

Most of the guests for the final few weeks of the Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson have been mapped out. This week the scheduled guests are:

Monday – Lisa Kudrow, Dominic Monaghan
Tuesday – Henry Winkler, Ariel Tweto
Wednesday – Don Cheadle, Mary McCormack
Thursday – Steve Carell, Max Greenfield
Friday – Drew Carey

As we near closer to the end of Craig’s run, he picks more of his favourite guests:

8th December – Carrie Fisher, Dave Attell
9th December – Michael Sheen
10th December – Mila Kunis, Bob Saget
11th December – Kunal Nayyar, Sarah Chalke
12th December – Rashida Jones, DJ Qualls

His final week of shows brings us the following guests:

15th December – Jon Hamm, Tim Meadows
16th December – Larry King, Angela Kinsey
17th December – Betty White, Thomas Lennon
18th December – Jim Parsons
19th December – Final show: former Tonight Show host Jay Leno

The full lineup of guests for The Colbert Report’s final weeks is yet to be announced, but this week sees US senator John McCain on tonight’s programme, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga on Tuesday night’s show, Christopher Nolan on Wednesday and Dr. Paul Farmer on Thursday night.

Keep an eye on our US Guest Listings page for further developments.

Guest hosts confirmed for the Late Late Show from January

CBS have confirmed the Late Late Show will get guest hosts from January next year until James Corden takes over in March.

Craig Ferguson’s final Late Late Show will air on Friday 19th December, after which several guest hosts will look after the show after the Christmas period until the new host is ready.

EW reports “Drew Carey will host the first and final weeks of these shows spanning between Jan. 5 and Jan. 9 and March 2 and March 6. Other people stepping in include Judd Apatow, Will Arnett, Wayne Brady, Jim Gaffigan, Billy Gardell, Sean Hayes, Thomas Lennon, Kunal Nayyar, and, yes, John Mayer. That John Mayer”.

If you’re asking where the female guest hosts are, EW have been assured “CBS has plans to announce more hosts and are reaching out to women, adding that the network had already reached out to women who were unavailable”.

In a somewhat unexpected move, The A.V. Club reports CBS will be airing “original after-dark editions” of daytime talk show The Talk for the week of the 12th January in the Late Late Show slot, so guest host editions of the Late Late Show will not take place for that particular week.

EW – “‘Late Late Show’ guest hosts…”
The A.V. Club – “Guest hosts for Late Late Show…”
Digital Spy – “Drew Carey, Judd Apatow and John Mayer to guest host…”