There’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.