With Craig Ferguson’s departure from The Late Late Show set for the end of this year, there has immediately been plenty of discussion on who would replace him to be paired with Stephen Colbert taking over The Late Show. CBS has officially stated that they won’t announce any sort of replacement before their upfront presentation (presentation of a network’s upcoming programming schedule to potential advertisers) on May 14th.
However, the names Neil Patrick Harris, Aisha Tyler, Michael Ian Black, Jason Jones, John Hodgman, Joel McHale, and Amy Schumer have been “floated” around as potential replacements for Ferguson. Right now, the gig, much like when Ferguson got the job, is game for any of those names, and probably more that haven’t been as loudly rumored. Tyler and Black might have a little big of a leg up, as they tested for The Late Late Show a decade ago, but CBS has to also consider how any of one of them will fare at 12:35 AM following Stephen Colbert. They should probably compliment Colbert the way Ferguson did to David Letterman, which is hard to gauge since we don’t know what a late night talk show with the real Colbert will be like.
I personally don’t have an inside track on who might get the job or who else is in consideration (maybe Zach Galifianakis, if you remember Late World with Zach). However, I would guess, given that there is no clear frontrunner here, plenty of folks will be, at the very least, slightly displeased if CBS goes with yet another white middle-aged guy.