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1995: 'The Late, Late Show with Tom Snyder' Debuts on CBS
January 9, 2017  | By TV WW  | 2 comments
 
On this day in 1995, CBS introduced the post-Late Show talk show, The Late, Late Show with Tom Snyder.

Produced by David Letterman's Worldwide Pants Inc., the series starred Tom Snyder, who previously helmed the post-Tonight Show program, Tomorrow, on NBC, until the show was cancelled in 1982 to make room for Late Night with David Letterman.

Snyder's Late, Late Show featured intimate interviews with a mix of celebrities and newsmakers without a studio audience. His first guests? Actress Candice Bergen, and Robert and Kathleen Gingrich. the parents of then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who'd been involved in a controversial interview with Connie Chung just days before.

In 1999, Snyder left the show, and was replaced by Craig Kilborn. Craig Ferguson took over in 2005, left in December 2014, and will be replaced by James Corden in March of 2015.
 
 
 
 
 
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Mark Isenberg
Very few remember Tom as a journalist but he once went to South Vietnam for NBC Tomorrow and it was very informative post-War. Trouble was,Tom preferred to smoke and laugh with guests in studio and his later ABC Radio show was even duller than help viewers and listeners learn much but he would have been good for the Trump folks. And it was amusing watching his hair turn grey.
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Mac
Previously Snyder gained fame in Philly as a news guy who had David Brenner as his behind-the-scenes video guy at KYW, but their Eyewitness News material always lagged in ratings behind WFIL/WPVI and Action News.
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