Craig Ferguson Gets Late Late Show Chair
Selected from four finalists, Ferguson, best known to Americans as the boss on ABC's The Drew Carey Show (which wrapped up last summer), will replace Craig Kilborn as host of the late-night talk show, which follows the Late Show With David Letterman in the 12:35 a.m. slot.
Letterman's Worldwide Pants production company, which produces Dave's show, also produces The Late Late Show.
Kilborn vacated the program in August after five years as host, saying he wanted to focus on writing and producing different TV projects.
His departure allowed more than 20 guest hosts to sit at the desk until early last month, when CBS narrowed the field of candidates. Ferguson, Damien Fahey, D.L. Hughley and Michael Ian Black were then invited to return for a week each as host last month.
Ferguson, 42, has movie credits that include Saving Grace and Chain of Fools as well as the upcoming Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, with Jim Carrey, Jude Law and Meryl Streep.