Road to the Emmys: The producer-host relationship in latenight

FergAs we near the end of the Variety pre-nomination Emmy preview coverage, our attention turns to the variety, music and comedy sector, with the main story focusing on how latenight hosts and their producers collaborate even more than you might expect. Here’s how it begins:

Back in May 2008, when Michael Naidus was elevated to producer for “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson,” the Scottish funnyman told Variety: “I couldn’t be more pleased for Michael. His years of Machiavellian sneakiness have finally paid off.”

Regular viewers of the show are familiar with Ferguson’s deft use of mock outrage and sarcastic needles directed at Naidus, who operates on the floor just off stage. But few get to glimpse the hours of pre-taping collaboration between those two and others that go into each night’s telecast. Similar relationships exist throughout the latenight talkshow circuit.

Capsules on many of the contenders follow.

 

 

More Film

  • solo a star wars story

    Box Office: 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Headed for Underwhelming Holiday Weekend Debut

    As we near the end of the Variety pre-nomination Emmy preview coverage, our attention turns to the variety, music and comedy sector, with the main story focusing on how latenight hosts and their producers collaborate even more than you might expect. Here’s how it begins: Back in May 2008, when Michael Naidus was elevated to […]

  • solo a star wars story

    How the Kasdans Settled the Biggest Debate in 'Star Wars' History With 'Solo'

    As we near the end of the Variety pre-nomination Emmy preview coverage, our attention turns to the variety, music and comedy sector, with the main story focusing on how latenight hosts and their producers collaborate even more than you might expect. Here’s how it begins: Back in May 2008, when Michael Naidus was elevated to […]

  • Morgan Freeman Sexual Harassment

    Morgan Freeman Issues New Statement: 'I Did Not Assault Women'

    As we near the end of the Variety pre-nomination Emmy preview coverage, our attention turns to the variety, music and comedy sector, with the main story focusing on how latenight hosts and their producers collaborate even more than you might expect. Here’s how it begins: Back in May 2008, when Michael Naidus was elevated to […]

  • Euphoria Review

    Cannes Film Review: 'Euphoria'

    As we near the end of the Variety pre-nomination Emmy preview coverage, our attention turns to the variety, music and comedy sector, with the main story focusing on how latenight hosts and their producers collaborate even more than you might expect. Here’s how it begins: Back in May 2008, when Michael Naidus was elevated to […]

  • David Permut

    David Permut, Naomi Kawase Join Shanghai Festival Jury

    As we near the end of the Variety pre-nomination Emmy preview coverage, our attention turns to the variety, music and comedy sector, with the main story focusing on how latenight hosts and their producers collaborate even more than you might expect. Here’s how it begins: Back in May 2008, when Michael Naidus was elevated to […]

  • Trevor Jackson and Jason Mitchell in

    Film News Roundup: Sony Opening Crime Thriller 'Superfly' Two Days Earlier

    As we near the end of the Variety pre-nomination Emmy preview coverage, our attention turns to the variety, music and comedy sector, with the main story focusing on how latenight hosts and their producers collaborate even more than you might expect. Here’s how it begins: Back in May 2008, when Michael Naidus was elevated to […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content