NEW YORK — Mary Connelly, producer of ABC’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” has been tapped to exec produce CBS’ “Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn,” replacing Billy Kimball.
“Craig and Billy had different ideas about how to take the show forward,” said a spokesman for Worldwide Pants, the program’s production company. Calling the parting “amicable,” the spokesman said Kimball will stay on through the end of the month to assist Connelly, who will assume her new responsibilities Monday.
“Billy is a terrifically smart and funny guy who has been integral to the success of ‘The Late Late Show,’ ” said Worldwide Pants CEO Rob Burnett. “We will miss him, and we wish him all the luck in the world.”
Other pursuits beckon
Kimball, who has been exec producer since the show’s premiere in March 1999, will pursue other projects. “When I first joined ‘The Late Late Show,’ I was not aware that there were projects outside the show,” said Kimball. “Over the past year and a half, I have become aware that there were such projects, and now it’s time for me to pursue them.”
Connelly’s appointment marks her return to Worldwide Pants. After working as an NBC page, Connelly served as segment producer for “Late Night With David Letterman” and then “The Late Show With David Letterman.” In 1996, she was named supervising producer at “Mad About You.”
During May sweeps, “The Late Late Show” gained 7% in viewers (1.45 million vs. 1.36) and 40% in adults 18-34 (0.8 vs. 0.6), compared with last year during the same period. But, “Late Late Show” still trails NBC’s “Late Night With Conan O’Brien.”