'The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson' Debuts New Stage on Monday, August 27 on CBS

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August 24th, 2012

via press release:



First Guests to Visit Ferguson’s New Digs Include Kristen Bell, Sutton Foster, Seth Green, Larry King, Lisa Kudrow and Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Los Angeles, August 24 – On Monday, August 27, THE LATE LATE SHOW with CRAIG FERGUSON will air new episodes from the show’s new stage – Stage 56 at CBS Television City. Both the set and audience section will be significantly larger and include a new entrance, new furniture, a stable for THE LATE LATE SHOW’s pantomime horse “Secretariat,” and a few surprises!


THE LATE LATE SHOW with CRAIG FERGUSON will kick off the week on the new stage with actress Kristen Bell, Tony Award winner Sutton Foster, actor Seth Green, legendary television host Larry King, actress Lisa Kudrow and actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, among others.


Ferguson provided a little insight on the new stage during his last monologue from Stage 58, which aired Wednesday, August 8: “One thing that’s exciting, we’re gonna have a bigger audience. It won’t really make a difference; it’ll just be more people not laughing. But the new studio’s gonna be super high-tech. We’ll have these new fancy gadgets they have at all the TV shows now. They’re called ‘lights.’”


THE LATE LATE SHOW with CRAIG FERGUSON regularly airs weeknights (12:37-1:37 AM, ET/PT) following broadcasts of the “Late Show with David Letterman” on CBS. THE LATE LATE SHOW is executive produced by Peter Lassally and is a 2009 Peabody Award recipient.

  • TV Gord

    I’m such a TV nerd. This is the sort of thing that has always really excited me. I can’t wait for Monday night!

  • Ralph Hahn

    @TV Gord: Me, too. On a blueprint, Studio 56 and 58 are adjacent to one another and look to be about the same size. In 2003, an a weeklong trip to California, I attended a taping of “LLS w/ Craig Kilborn (:( ” It was taped in a small area in Television City’s Studio 43, which was just a floor above Studio 33, now The Bob Barker Studio. I think there were no more than 80 audience seats!

    This article does NOT mention Ferguson’s house band. (He was supposed to get one with the new studio.)

  • Ralph Hahn

    Craig and Kristen Bell have great chemistry together.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @TV Gord. Here’s a link. Go crazy!


  • aok

    Studio 56 I think was where Bill Maher use to do Politically Incorrect.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @aok: Maher may still broadcast from CBS TV-City. Dennis Miller’s HBO show also used to eminate there.

  • Justin

    @Ralph Hahn

    I hope he doesn’t get that band. It would make his show seem to “typical”. I watch his show to get the alternative show. Robot Sidekick, Puppets, A Host that doesn’t care, GP & The Fergs, Tweets, Etc.

    I just hope he stops the Audience interviews. It’s fine, but every show!

  • Jack

    Can’t wait for Monday!
    A new studio for a late night show is one the last few things that really excites me in television.
    Maybe it’s because it doesn’t happen very often.

  • Walker

    @Ralph Hahn: I don’t remember them saying he was getting a band…did I miss something?

  • William Haney

    I am happy for Craig and I am sure a little bit of a new look. Maybe a small band. I need to record the show since I work at 4 a.m. the next day.

  • Kenny

    Hands down Best tv show and show on tv Now!!!

  • joel

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t get a band until he moves to 11:35pm ET. A stable for Secretariat?

  • BrigittaV

    Geeze Loueeze, if he does get a band, maybe it’ll be a band of bagpipers, or better yet, a solo accordion player. But even that would be more than necessary. Ferguson is one talk show host who really can spin fun out of nothing, and it’d be a shame to mess with that skill.

  • JB

    A band costs too much money…I don’t think CBS is going to make that big of a financial commitment to this show yet. I wonder if Shadoe Stevens (the announcer) will be live on set every show

  • tony l.

    I just want to see Tuyen & Lisa march… all show long…

  • Eroll Muller

    Ladies and Gentlemen, I have some crazy news to tell you. Craig Ferguson’s Late Late Show will have a house band for the new studio. Some people from the show told some newspaper secretly, and apparently jumped onto my computer early this morning. I don’t know who will be his bandleader yet, but the name of the house band is “The Cheeky Monkey Band” because of the Cheeky Monkey phrase on the show in the early days of the show. Are you happy now?

  • Elie Muller

    The staff of “The Late Late Show” had also told some people that they will have a house band in the new studio, and they have changed the look a little bit also. How so? Josh Robert Thompson (the guy who voices Geoff) sent out a picture of the actual completed new studio last week, and it looked almost like the old studio did in 2005 except for the fact that it has extra lights now. As for the Tuyen & Lisa marching with Secretariat and Bridger; (with another guy yet to be named), that will be gone by the show’s 8th anniversary. Also, the show will be co-produced by Craig Ferguson’s production company in addition to CBS in a couple of weeks. If you think that he’ll replace David Letterman in 2015, then you’re right!

  • USAmerica1st

    Craig is one of those comics who doesn’t need a special stage: give him a hand puppet, a skeletal bionic sidekick with a mohawk, a diamondback rattler drinking mug, some notes to tear up and throw away before each interviews, and he’s good to go. He’s a natural comedian. I hope they remembered to increase his salary too.

  • Ralph Hahn

    When Letterman was on NBC at 12:30, he didn’t really need a band. Besides himself, Paul Shaffer had three other members of the band. The brass section and the woman guitarist were new when Dave left for CBS. But, the original band was Shaffer, Will Lee (bass), Sid McGuiness (guitar) and Anton Fig (drums).

    A small band like that would fit fine with Ferguson. Another 12:35er, Jimmy Fallon on NBC has a pretty good band, just like Letterman and Conan O’Brien who both used NBC Studio 6A for their programs. 6A is now being rented by the company that produces “The Dr. Oz Show,” “Late Night” is taped across the hall in Studio 6B, where “The Tonight Show s/Johnny Carson”
    was taped for the first ten of its 30 years. WNBC used 6B for its local news, including “Live At Five” after Johnny left and not too long before Jimmy Fallon had taken over “Late Night.”

    Everytime I’ve tuned in to Craig, I never see the puppets anymore. I love Craig, but the cold open where he brings a person of people on stage and asks them to state their name for the record is really lame and getting more tiresome.

  • Ralph Hahn

    >>>When Letterman was on NBC at 12:30, he didn’t really need a band. Besides himself, Paul Shaffer had three other members of the band. The brass section and the woman guitarist were new when Dave left for CBS. But, the original band was Shaffer, Will Lee (bass), Sid McGuiness (guitar) and Anton Fig (drums). <<<

    I shouldn't have said that Shaffer, Lee, McGuinness and Fig were the 'original' band. I remember a previous guitar player and drummer. The four cited above was The World's Most Dangerous Band" when Letterman left NBC for CBS.

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