Possible New LLS Host
James CordenAs always, quoting people “with knowledge of the situation” (translation: people without knowledge of the situation), the Hollywood trade press started buzzing on Tuesday afternoon about a possible successor to Craig Ferguson on The Late Late Show. We say “successor” because no one could replace him, to borrow Mr. Jefferson‘s phrase about Mr. Franklin. First touted by The Wrap.com, followed by Variety, The Huffington Post, Entertainment Weekly and many others, is British star of stage, film and television James Corden.

For American audiences unfamiliar with Corden, he is a talented actor, writer, comedian and a very funny man. Thanks to the power of the interwebs, we’ve seen him many times on UK television programs, including co-creating and writing the sitcom Gavin and Stacey, a sketch show with his comedy partner Matthew Horne, and as a hilarious member of celebrity panel quiz shows, including The Big Fat Quiz of the Year. On film, you can see him co-starring with Keira Knightley in Begin Again, and he will play the key role of the baker in Disney’s film adaptation of Into The Woods this fall, alongside Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep. Last year he won a Tony Award on Broadway for his work in Richard Bean’s comedy One Man, Two Guvnors, and he has received great reviews as host the UK’s BRIT Awards (Britain’s equivalent of the Grammys) for the past few years.

While the move would suggest CBS is planning to keep a comedy format for the show, we hasten to add that nothing has been confirmed by CBS or Corden’s agents. As with every step of the process, we’ll have to wait and see. But for what it’s worth, Corden is sharp, funny, genuinely likeable and a generous performer who has the rare talent of knowing how to make the person standing next to him on stage shine. His four million Twitter followers probably would agree. CBS tends to make big announcements about shows when the shows are on hiatus, so if something is confirmed, we’ll be sure to pass it along.

Dave Makes A PitchJay Carney with Dave
Last week, when former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney stopped by The Late Show to talk with David Letterman, the two talked about the challenges of working both in and around the media. As the interview was wrapping up, Carney said he was looking for his next job, so Letterman made a pitch for him to host The Late Late Show. We’d guess that probably won’t happen.

Craig at w00tstock
As w00tstock regular Adam Savage mentioned in his tweets, Craig’s appearance at the fantastically geeky festival in San Diego during Comic-Con was a complete surprise, but a welcome one. Saveage tweeted a video clip of Craig’s time on stage. Thanks to the RSA’s @colleen_byrne and a host of other skellies for sending it our way.

Video courtesy: UAT Digital Video

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  • Matt M

    I’m a big fan of Craig (I save every episode of TLLS) and will continue to follow him in his future endeavors. That being said, I was quite happy to learn that James Cordon may be taking over the reigns of TLLS. He’s cracked me up in his appearances on many UK panel shows as both guest and host – and he slayed it in One Man Two Guvnors. The show he co-wrote/co-starred in, Gavin & Stacy, is sublime perfection. I for one hope the rumours are true and I look forward to the future incarnation of TLLS.

  • Kat the Hobo

    OMG, Adam Savage KILLED it doing “stand up” at SDCC – I was crying laughing at that NYC story. And I remember when NYC Time Square Hell’s Kitchen was all that he said it was. I remember being there as a kid in late 60s with my parents for the first time (because I had won a weekend trip to see the Rockettes Xmas show and dinner at Mama Leone’s) and we were naively walking thru Times Square at night passed porn shops and strip clubs … my Dad kept having to stop to tie his shoes …. when we got back to the Taft Hotel and into our room, my Dad kicked off his shoes and my Mom realized he was wearing loafers (no shoelaces) and realized he was using the excuse to peak in all the strip club doors. (I think my Dad slept on the cot that night, and I got to sleep in the big bed next to my Mom). :-) Best NIGHT ever! lol

  • Deborah Alexander

    I wish Craig the best, as much as I would love for him to stay , I just don’t think his heart is in it anymore. I just discovered him this year and I am heartbroken. However I am looking forward to his next project…………..I’ll be watching you Mr. Ferguson..

  • Karen Mercury McCoy

    It doesn’t matter to me who takes over as host of the Late Late Show. I’ll not be watching after Mr. Ferguson has departed. I wish CBS would have just changed to format of the show. To have Craig’s successor be another British man is an insult to Craig and to fans of the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

    • Matt M

      I disagree completely (see post above).

      • Karen Mercury McCoy

        ‘Not interested in your or anyone else’s level of agreement; not going to watch the LLS after Craig’s departure (something decided when I found out on early on April 28 that his announcement would be aired).

        The new host chosen by CBS is an insult both to Ferguson and to his legions of loyal fans/admirers (as if people would be okay with Ferguson’s absence because the new guy has a similar accent).

        I sincerely hope that the Late Late Show will go down in flames with this new guy at the helm.