David Letterman has renewed his contract with CBS to become the longest-serving late night talk show host in television history. He will surpass his idol Johnny Cason’s record of 30 years in late night.
Craig Ferguson has also inked a new two-year deal.
The new contract extensions mean Letterman and Ferguson will set stay with CBS through 2014 with the Late Show With David Letterman and the Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson respectively.
As part the new deal the Late Late Show will move to a larger stage at CBS Television City in Los Angeles and CBS will co-produce the series with Worldwide Pants. It’s not known whether Craig will finally get his own house band when the show moves to the new stage.
President of CBS Entertainment Nina Tassler said “David Letterman is a late night legend with an iconic show and Craig Ferguson continues to evolve the genre in exciting and innovative ways… these new agreements deliver ongoing high-quality entertainment for our audience and continued strength and stability for CBS in late night”.
Letterman’s first late night talk show was Late Night With David Letterman which premiered on NBC on the 1st February 1982, and he then moved to CBS with the Late Show when The Tonight Show gig was given to Jay Leno following Johnny Cason’s retirement.
Scottish-born Craig Ferguson’s Late Late Show premiered on CBS in 2005.