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2005: CBS Launches 'Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'
January 3, 2017  | By TV WW
 
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 mixed the traditional late-night monologue, guest interviews and musical guests with audience interaction, pre-taped bits, puppetry and theme weeks. The show also had a robot skeleton sidekick, Geoff Peterson, and featured frequent appearances by a dancing horse, Secretariat. Ferguson also did impersonations of well-known individuals, including Prince Charles, Sean Connery, Queen Elizabeth II and Michael Caine.

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

Ferguson decided to leave the show and did so with the final episode airing on December 19, 2014. The episode famously ended with an homage to television show finales by employing a number of them to end The Late Late Show itself.

 
 
 
 
 
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Good news, TVWW readers: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is available on Amazon for under $20.

Doubleday says: “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."

"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. A high point is the author’s interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer and many others...Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 

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