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2005: CBS Launches 'Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'
January 3, 2013  | By Christy Slewinski  | 1 comment
 
On this day in 2005, actor/comedian Craig Ferguson — best known as office boss Nigel Wick on The Drew Carey Show — took the helm of the CBS late-night series, The Late Late Show

Produced by David Letterman's Worldwide Pants Incorporated, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson mixes the traditional late-night monologue, guest interviews and musical guests with audience interaction, pre-taped bits, puppetry and theme weeks. The show also has a robot skeleton sidekick, Geoff Peterson, and features frequent appearances by a dancing horse, Secretariat. Ferguson also dies impersonations of well-known individuals, including Prince Charles, Sean Connery, Queen Elizabeth II and Michael Caine.

Ferguson is the show's third host, following Craig Kilborn and David Letterman.

 
 
 
 
 
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Fred B.
David Letterman never hosted The Late Late Show; he used to host Late Night, now hosted by Jimmy Fallon. The first host of The Late Late Show was Tom Snyder.
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Good news, TVWW readers: An advance copy of David’s upcoming book from Doubleday has just arrived! The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is now available on Amazon for pre-order for its November 15th release. You can read some of the dustcover summary here, including: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way. In tracing the evolutionary history of our progress toward a Platinum Age of Television,…he focuses on the development of the classic TV genres, among them the sitcom, the crime show, the miniseries, the soap opera, the Western, the animated series and the variety show. David Bianculli's book is the first to date to examine, in depth and in detail and with a keen critical and historical sense, including exclusive and in-depth interviews with many of the most famed auteurs in television history.” —TVWW

 

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