It would appear CBS is going to keep the host of The Late Late Show largely the same. It’ll still be a male, and it’ll still be someone from the United Kingdom. The Wrap is reporting that British writer, actor, and comedian James Corden has been tapped to replace Craig Ferguson at the end of the year when Ferguson’s contract expires.
Corden is known for co-writing and co-starring in the series Gavin & Stacey for which he’s won several awards, for co-writing and co-starring in the BBC/Hulu series The Wrong Mans, and can currently be seen opposite Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo in the film Begin Again. However, to most Doctor Who fans, Corden is best known for playing Craig Owens, aka the dad of Stormageddon and him what got jealous of the Doctor, in the Series 5 episode “The Lodger” and the Series 6 episode “Closing Time,” both written by Gareth Roberts.
The 36 year old actor has certainly been funny in most things I’ve seen him in, and can clearly write, but I’ll be interested to see how his sensibilities not only translate to a late night talk show but also to American audiences. Other, much wider known names in the U.S., had also been thrown around in the mix, including Joel McHale and Neil Patrick Harris. However, even though Corden wasn’t anyone’s guess (the Vegas odds-makers must be having a field day), he does have a hefty social media presence with over 4 million Twitter followers.
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