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CBS Hints That Craig Ferguson's Timeslot May Not Be Filled By Another Talk Show

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07/18/2014 5:11 pm
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CBS Hints That Craig Ferguson's Timeslot May Not Be Filled By Another Talk Show
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Matthew Jenner

Staff Writer @MovieUnchained

First David Letterman announced he was retiring after decades of long-service to television, and Stephen Colbert was announced as his successor. Then Craig Ferguson, who hosted the show directly on after Letterman, announced his departure as well. Three months in, we still have yet to hear who will take on the desk after Ferguson leaves in December, and if CBS' recent comments mean anything, we might not even be seeing a talk show at all. The talk show format has been a television staple for half a century, and Ferguson brought his own spin to the format. Now that he is leaving, CBS is having trouble finding a worthy replacement, because how can you replace one of the quirkiest, funniest men in late-night television? The head of CBS television, Nina Tassler, commented recently on the highly-debated topic, saying: "There’s certainly a knee-jerk reaction to go for a more traditional, behind-the-desk interview format, but who knows? This is an opportunity us look at all kinds of hosts — not only from the comic world, but maybe the political world. Right now, we’re doing our homework and having a lot of meetings and talking. We want to make the right decision." This seems like a bad idea, because let's be honest - Ferguson was unique and very funny, and has become quite the name now. However, when he first sat behind the desk in 2005, he was a virtual unknown, with only his lovable nature and impeccable and unique comedic chops taking him from obscurity to fame. There are dozens of comedians working today in small gigs, like Ferguson was at the time, that could take the desk as well. It would be a great launching pad for any young comedian to bring their own unique personality to the network and format. Getting rid of the show would just limit CBS from taking leaps forward, and they might come up with something brilliant, or painfully boring. Here's hoping they can come up with something as entertaining and fun as The Late Late Show has been.
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