‘Late Late Show’ Host Craig Ferguson to Star in ABC Scripted Comedy Pilot

'The King of 7B': 'Late Late

“The Late Late Show” is being passed down to James Corden, who debuts on March 23, but former host Craig Ferguson is wasting no time returning to television — just a few hours earlier.

Ferguson has been cast to lead ABC’s scripted comedy pilot “The King of 7B,” Variety has confirmed.

The 30-minute laffer follows an agoraphobic recluse, Prentiss Porter, played by Ferguson, who ventures outside for the first time in 20 years, only to find his potential soulmate moving into the building across the street. The ensemble rounds out with the previously cast Carla Jiminez and Kirby Howell-Baptiste.

The project marks the return to primetime for the Scottish-born comedian, who starred in “The Drew Carey Show”  for eight years before his latenight break. Since, he’s appeared on “Web Therapy,” “Hot in Cleveland,” portrayed himself on “Family Guy” and lent his voice to “Futurama” and “Archer,” among other animated series. Ferguson also hosts the syndicated game show “Celebrity Name Game.”

“The King of 7B” hails from ABC Studios and Rhode Island Ave. Productions, with Dan Fogelman, Howard Franklin and showrunner Ben Karlin exec producing. Franklin penned the pilot; David Frankel will direct.

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  1. brooke says:

    I just saw the pilot and it was pretty funny. I hope it lasts.

  2. Bob says:

    they also forgot that he played Dave Listers confidence in the ‘Confidence & Paranoia’ episode of the excellent BBC series Red Dwarf.

    what do you mean you killed him cha cha cha

  3. stumpus says:

    “It’s a great day for America”

  4. wilson picket says:

    They forgot to mention his movie voice-overs….”Brave,” “How To Train Your Dragon,” etc. Love Graig, hope this new show is a big hit for him. Sure miss him late at night, he was the last thing I saw before lights out and off to bed. He is one funny, intelligent, friendly, fun-loving human being.

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