David Letterman and Craig Ferguson staying put through 2014


CBSThere’ll be no changes anytime soon in the late night lineup at CBS. The Eye Network announced that it has agreed on contract extensions with David Letterman to stay on the “Late Show” and for Craig Ferguson to stay on “The Late Late Show” through 2014.

During the course of this agreement, Letterman, who premiered in late night in 1982, would become the longest-running late night talk show host in television history, surpassing the current record of 30 years by Johnny Carson, CBS noted. The network did not mention, though, that the first 10 years were on NBC, rather than CBS.

“David Letterman is a late night legend with an iconic show and Craig Ferguson continues to evolve the genre in exciting and innovative ways,” said Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment. “These new agreements deliver ongoing high-quality entertainment for our audience and continued strength and stability for CBS in late night.”

Not only is Ferguson getting a contract extension, he’s getting a bigger studio. CBS said The Late Late Show will be moving to a larger stage atCBSTelevisionCityinLos Angeles, and CBS will co-produce the series with Worldwide Pants, Inc., which is David Letterman’s production company.

The Late Show with David Letterman is broadcast weeknights (11:35 pm-12:37 am, ET/PT) on CBS. Barbara Gaines, Matt Roberts, Jude Brennan, Maria Pope, Eric Stangel, Justin Stangel and Rob Burnett are the executive producers. The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, which debuted in 2005,  is broadcast weeknights (12:37-1:37 am, ET/PT).  Peter Lassally is the executive producer; Michael Naidus is the producer.


  1. Ferguson rules the genre…period. I love Dave, although he lost a step several years ago. Ferguson is fearless, innovative, and hands down THE best interviewer and conversationalist in late night. Leno, Fallon, and Kimmel together couldn’t touch Craig on his worst day.

    • @Rob: Completely agree; and I go back to Jack Parr days when I sometimes got away with staying up. I think what Craig has to complete his overall package is age, maturity, healthy integrated personality, completely genuine, and cares about and loves his fans and all his guests. In every aspect of who he is, it’s always about the other person or group as the focus of attention.

    • Have to agree – Craig is the best host, always funny and entertaining for the entire show. I was hoping David would retire and Craig would move into a more ‘reasonable’ timeslot. I guess that’s what DVRs are for.

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