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Craig Ferguson on Stand-Up, Theme Shows and Sitting Out the Late-Night Wars

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 18th 2011 11:30AM
'Craig Ferguson: Does This Need to Be Said?' on Epix
Craig Ferguson has said it before, and he's sticking with his story: He is definitely not interested in starting or participating in another Late Night War.

"In order for there to be a war there would have to be something here that I was desirous of capturing. And there isn't," he told me yesterday.

On 'The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson' every weeknight, he gets to dance to a modified 'Doctor Who' theme, banter with a robotic sidekick and pull out naughty puppets whenever he wants. And his improvisational monologue and casual, off-the-cuff interview style has drawn raves. Of all the late-night hosts, Ferguson seems to be the most comfortable in his own hosting skin.

Calling in to promote his new stand-up special, 'Craig Ferguson: Does This Need to Be Said?', which premieres on the EPIX network Saturday at 8PM ET, we talked about the way he writes stand-up, his love of dancing to Britney Spears, and how he really sees himself. But first, there was a need to congratulate him on a big event in his life.

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Craig Ferguson Welcomes Son and More Celebrity News

by Elena Cox, posted Feb 2nd 2011 8:00PM
Want to know what's going on with your favorite TV stars when the cameras aren't rolling? Check out the latest celebrity news from our friends at PopEater.

• The Late Late Show' host Craig Ferguson and wife Megan Wallace welcomed a baby boy, Liam James Ferguson, on Monday.

• Farrah Fawcett's low-cut red swimsuit is being donated to Washington D.C.'s Smithsonian Institute -- along with other memorabilia -- by Fawcett's former partner, Ryan O'Neal.

• It's another 'Bachelor' baby! Jesse Csincsak and his wife, Ann Lueders, welcomed son Noah Theodore early this morning in Frisco, Colo. Csincsak and Lueders, who competed on seasons four and 13 of 'The Bachelorette' and 'The Bachelor,' respectively, wed at Las Vegas' Rumor Hotel in August 2010.

• 'Gossip Girl' actress Leighton Meester had a star-studded party and dinner presented by Diesel to celebrate her Nylon magazine cover. She was joined by 'The Roommate' co-star Minka Kelly and 'Gossip Girl' pals Jessica Szohr and Michelle Trachtenberg at the W New York Downtown Hotel on Tuesday evening. Perhaps the most surprising appearance came from rapper Kanye West.

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Bill O'Reilly Will Interview Obama, Craig Ferguson's 'Dr. Who' Skit to Air and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 6th 2011 6:00PM
Bill O'Reilly, Barack ObamaFootball won't be the only matchup going down on Super Bowl Sunday.

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly will interview President Barack Obama during the Super Bowl pre-show on Feb. 6, the Washington Post reports.

O'Reilly and Obama last went head-to-head during the 2008 presidential campaign. Last year Katie Couric did the interview for CBS, and Matt Lauer covered it the year before for NBC.

In other TV news ...

Craig Ferguson's 'Dr. Who' cold open will finally air during tonight's 'Late Late Show.' The skit was leaked online (by Ferguson himself) because CBS couldn't clear the rights to use the theme song -- until now. [Speakeasy]

Two former 'Practice' stars will appear on David E. Kelley's new series 'Harry's Law.' Steve Harris and Camryn Manheim will appear in future episodes of the show, though they won't reprise their 'Practice' roles. [TVLine]

The new 'Charlie's Angels' reboot is giving Bosley a different look. The iconic character will now be played by a hunky actor in his late 20s to early 30s with a mischevious smile. [TV Guide]

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Michael Clarke Duncan on Going Down vs. 'Going Down' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 23rd 2010 11:00AM
Michael Clarke Duncan on Going Down vs. 'Going Down'Double entendres can be fun! And we got lots of them on the new 'Late Late Show' (weeknights, 12:35AM ET on CBS), as Craig Ferguson welcomed actor Michael Clarke Duncan. While Mike was on the show, he told a story about having to meet his girlfriend in the lobby of a hotel. Sadly, the story involved an absurdly frequent use of the the phrase "go down."

Here is what Michael said. Try to keep track. There will be a test in a second. Seriously; we're not kidding. Okay. This is what he said about the whole meeting his girlfriend in the lobby thing: "She's like, 'Are you coming down? Are you coming down?' I'm like, 'I'm coming down.' So ... I reluctantly go down. But I go down, and she's --"

... Right. And at this point, Craig interrupted the conversation: "Stop saying 'I go down,' man!" And then, Craig started freaking out. But was the host's freaked-out-ness excessive? And were you paying attention to what the actor said?

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Abracadabravision! The Year in Magic

by Jane Murphy, posted Dec 21st 2010 8:00AM
2010 is about to disappear, and magicians might be glad to see it go. TV illusionists Criss Angel, David Blaine and multiple Emmy-winner David Copperfield did not have TV specials this year. Penn & Teller's Showtime staple 'Bulls***' continues, but the only trick on that show is how they get away with the title, even on pay cable.

Still, TV still had some enchantment up its sleeve. Magic abounded again on 'America's Got Talent,' and Houdini's lesser-known brother, Hardeen (at right), dazzled the patrons of 'Boardwalk Empire'.

Enjoy a review of this past year's sleight of hand.

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Six Late-Night Talk Show Hosts: Winners and Losers

by Gary Susman, posted Dec 18th 2010 2:00PM
'I'm With Coco' PosterCountdown to Festivus on Dec. 23: On the sixth day of Festivus, TV gave us to ... six late-night talk show hosts battling.

Hard to remember, but at this time a year ago, David Letterman was facing one of the biggest crises of his career in the wake of his sex-and-blackmail scandal, Conan O'Brien was just settling into his job at 'The Tonight Show,' Jay Leno was tanking in primetime and Jimmy Fallon was still finding his voice as a late-late-night host.

The late night landscape has changed a bit since then.

It was clear a year ago that there was trouble on the horizon, but few (save, perhaps, for Andy Richter) anticipated the earthquake to come. Most of the cataclysm occurred in January, when NBC decided to bring Leno back to 11:35, and O'Brien decided to take a golden parachute after just seven months on the job rather than follow Leno at 12:05.

The aftershocks from that event, which continue to this day, affected not just the two of them, but also Letterman, Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and Craig Ferguson. (Not to mention a supporting cast of millions, including network bigwigs, obstinate local stations, and angry fans nationwide.)

Miraculously, all six night owls are still working -- though maybe not for much longer. How did the rollercoaster year shake out for each of them? Let's see ...

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Ferguson Gives Fallon Cats for Christmas (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Dec 17th 2010 8:20AM
Ferguson Sends Fallon Cats on 'Late Night'What does one get your direct competitor for the holidays? Jimmy Fallon exchanged gifts with 'The Late Late Show's' Craig Ferguson. For his Los Angeles-based counterpart, Fallon gave a Christmas sweater decorated with their faces on a huge tree ornament.

Ferguson announced Fallon's present on 'Late Night' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC) via his fake Secretariat (i.e., two humans in a horse costume) bounding onto the stage. A card in its mouth read, "Heard it's your birthday Christmas" and instructed the host to look under his desk.

Fallon retrieved a large box and pulled off the lid. Two cats popped their heads out and gazed at the audience. Ferguson had already named them, their collars labeled "Regis" and "Kelly". "Happy holidays to you, buddy!" said the host. The audience cheered, sending the kittens running for cover. Hope he's not allergic...

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'The Late Late Show' Takes on 'Star Wars' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 17th 2010 7:35AM
'The Late Late Show' Takes on 'Star Wars'A long time ago ... in a galaxy far, far away -- well, you know the rest. And not that long ago -- but still, you know, about three years ago -- Seth Green began making animated specials mocking 'Star Wars.' And so, on the new 'Late Late Show' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS), Craig Ferguson and Mr. Green took on the Star Wars saga.

Seth previewed his new 'Robot Chicken'-based Star Wars special; while Craig -- well, Craig mainly asked some questions. Questions such as this one: What is Darth Vader doing struggling with his suit in a bathroom?

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Kirsten Dunst Encounters Some Kangaroo Parts on 'The Late Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 15th 2010 4:20AM
Kirsten Dunst Encounters Some Kangaroo Parts on 'The Late Late Show'On the new 'Late Late Show' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS), actress Kirsten Dunst encountered a vital part of a marsupial's anatomy. But would she be able to identify it correctly?

"You ever been to Australia?" host Craig Ferguson asked. Oh no. Whenever Craig says something random like this, it's always a set-up for something weird. ... In this case, the host presented Ms. Dunst with a chunk of kangaroo.

"D'you recognize this?" he then asked. "Oh," Kirsten said. "It looks like a poor kangaroo's foot ... or something." Emphasis on the "or something" part.

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Craig Ferguson Introduces the New 'Early Show' Team, Complete With Awkward Pauses (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 14th 2010 9:01AM
Craig Ferguson Introduces the New 'Early Show' Team, Complete With Awkward Pauses Well, tomorrow is another day. Unless you're the hosts of 'The Early Show,' that is. Two weeks ago, CBS fired every single member of the perennially-last-place morning talk show. 'Early Show' hosts Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez are out. CBS even fired weatherman Dave Price. (Which seems a little unfair to us. What did the weatherman do wrong? Did he miss predicting a tsunami or something?)

In place of the former team, CBS brought in an entirely new crew. Shockingly, they are a bunch of good-looking young people -- the guys wear suits, the women wear short skirts. (Unexpected!) But who are these young kids? On 'The Late Late Show' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS), Craig Ferguson tried to figure it all out.

They are: Erica Hill, co-anchor; Marysol Castro, weather anchor; Jeff Glor, news-reader; and Chris Ragge, co-anchor. Nifty! Next, Craig tries to puzzle out how this actually changes anything for the show. "So what new stuff is gonna be happening?" he asks. "Are you gonna have new weather?"

Yes
, says Marysol. "Somewhere, it's be gonna sunny; and somewhere, it's gonna be ... not sunny." Fantastic. Please, say no more.

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Katie Couric Went on a Blind Date With ... Bob Saget (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 7th 2010 5:26AM
Katie Couric Went on a Blind Date With ... Bob SagetIn the annals of "unexpected blind dates," Katie Couric plus Bob Saget is about as unexpected as Jon Stewart and Jennifer Aniston. But both of these things actually really happened. It just goes to show that romance can bloom anywhere. (Well, sort of.)

On 'The Late Late Show' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS), Ms. Couric discussed her first date with Mr. Bob Saget -- famous for being the star of 'Full House,' the host of 'America's Funniest Home Videos' -- as well as for being a surprisingly dirty stand-up comedian. Host Craig Ferguson was intrigued. Did things work out on the date?

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Regis Philbin and Craig Ferguson Compare Tattoos (Sort of) (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 2nd 2010 10:50AM
Regis Philbin and Craig Ferguson Compare TatttoosTalk show host Regis Philbin has been acting pretty "sassy" of late. It's probably because his show is currently filming in Las Vegas. People are always getting into trouble in that town. During his brief time in Vegas, Regis has already managed to spank a female guest and tell a dirty joke on the air.

On the new 'Late Late Show' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS), Regis revealed that he's also gotten a tattoo -- well, sort of. Previously, in a Vegas-related montage, the 79-year-old acquired a huge tattoo with co-host Kelly Ripa's name on it. In addition, he did shots at an ice bar, took drugs, and partied with the greatest celebrity of all ... prop-comic Carrot Top! Then, he ended up with a massive hangover. Vegas, baby! Vegas.

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Craig Ferguson Gives the Ultimate Retirement Gift on 'Late Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 1st 2010 7:31AM
Craig Ferguson Gives the Ultimate Retirement Gift on 'Late Late Show'How do you pick the perfect gift? Well, a present should be unexpected -- something the person would never choose for themselves. And also, the gift should show that the giver has put a lot of thought into it. On 'The Late Late Show' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS), Craig Ferguson attempted to select the ultimate retirement gift. We'll let you decide how it went.

It seems that a member of Craig's staff was retiring, following years of service to the show. "Awwww ... " the audience said. Ferguson jokingly cut them off. "Don't say 'aw'! He's actually a very unpleasant man." The host then introduced the retiree, even though he may not have known the dude's last name.

"This is Joe. He works in the Props [Department]. He's called 'Joe Props.' ... It's a coincidence," Craig added. Ferguson then gave "Joe Props" his farewell gift: Two young, blond, nubile and "complicit" lesbians. Excellent. And unexpected!

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Craig Ferguson Feuds With the French Version of ... 'Craig Ferguson' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 30th 2010 7:54AM
Craig Ferguson Feuds With the French Version of ... 'Craig Ferguson'Previously on 'The Late Late Show' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS), Craig Ferguson encountered the evil twin version of himself; the "Bizarro" Craig, if you will. The man's name is Arthur Essebag, and -- cue ominous dramatic music -- he's French. Yes, yes, an evil Frenchman. Somehow, we are unsurprised.

Arthur hosts the French talk show 'Ce Soir Avec Arthur,' which is cool. What's less cool is that he's ripped off Craig's opening credit sequence, down to the last detail. (Compare them here and here.) When Craig learned that Essebag had stolen his show's intro, he was outraged. But tonight, Arthur showed up on the 'Late Late Show' set, and we experienced round two: Real Craig Ferguson versus fake "Craig Ferguson."

What would that be like, when Craig met his evil doppelgänger? ... Well, it was a little weird. Luckily, Arthur employed all his smooth Gallic charm, leaving Ferguson to sputter impotently.

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Mark Ruffalo Lied About His Horseback Riding Skills to Get an Acting Job, Nearly Died as a Result (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 24th 2010 6:31AM
Mark Ruffalo Lied About His Horseback Riding Skills to Get an Acting Job, Nearly Died as a ResultWe've all exaggerated our resumes a bit to get a job. But actor Mark Ruffalo took this bad habit way too far -- and nearly paid the price with his life. On 'Late Late Show' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS), Ruffalo revealed that he lied to director Ang Lee, to get a part in the film 'Ride With the Devil.' The name of the movie gives a clue as to what happened next.

The film was a Western drama set during the Civil War. As such, it involved horseback riding. Lots of horseback riding. Lots of dangerous horseback riding. Hence -- 'Ride With the Devil.' Unfortunately, Mark lied about knowing how to ride a horse. He doesn't know how to do that. At all.

During his first attempt at horseback-related acting, Ruffalo took things too far again. He jumped into the saddle, kicked the sides of the horse and yelled "Yaaaah!" Bad idea.

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