Tuesday afternoon update:
Here the vid of the monologue. In this era of ‘reality’ TV, nothing remains more compelling than a thoughtful, intelligent person showing genuine, unscripted emotion in front of a live camera.
Craig confessed at the start "I want to run a million miles from talking to you about this…But I can’t."
With all the hubbub over the new Jay Leno deal, the bloodbath of executive layoffs at NBC and the latest round of drama to sock the Tribune Co., a moment of great television may be overlooked tonight on CBS’ "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson."
Ferguson’s mother, Janet, died last week in Scotland. Ferguson was there all of last week, as "Late Late Show" was already skedded for a dark week. Tonight, Craig is set to talk about his mother, her life and her influence on his life. Judging by the humble, humorous, earthy eloquence of the 16-minute eulogy he delivered nearly three years ago after the passing of his father, Robert Ferguson, this will be a can’t-miss monologue.
Here’s a (low-quality) clip of Janet Ferguson doing a vid bit with Wu-tang Clan’s RZA, for her son’s show in February 2005: