History Orders Craig Ferguson Series ‘Join or Die’

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History has heard the cry and has signed on for 16 episodes of the new series “Join or Die With Craig Ferguson.”

The half-hour program follows the “Late Late Show” alum as he debates provocative and timely topics — in his unorthodox and iconoclastic manner, of course — with a panel of guests that will include celebrities and historians. Viewers will also be allowed to join the conversation through social media. Topics will range from the biggest presidential campaign flop and who was the greatest founding father to which invention was history’s greatest game changer.

“I’m a huge fan of History and what they do,” said Ferguson. “I’m delighted to be on their schedule and promise that we will have a lot of fun but we will also stick to the truth.”

While this might sound like perfect fodder for late-night TV ala Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show” or “@midnight,” an airdate and timeslot have yet to be determined.

The show’s title is of significance to Ferguson. While it’s more famously known as Benjamin Franklin’s 1754 rallying cry to the divided colonists, it’s also the tattoo that the Scottish TV host chose to imprint on his forearm after he became an American citizen.

“Craig is incredibly knowledgeable, but also has a fun way of getting people engaged in history,” said Paul Cabana, History’s executive vice president and head of programming. “It’s clear this is his passion project and we’re looking forward to having him join the network.”

“Join or Die with Craig Ferguson” is produced for History by Comedy Dynamics and Green Mountain West, in association with Lionsgate TV. Ferguson, Phil Cottone, Brian Volk-Weiss and Jim Biederman serve as executive producers. Tim Healy and Matt Ginsburg are executive producers for History.

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  1. Mark says:

    Thank God! I have been in withdrawal since Craig left late night. My wife has been going nuts because I keep on playing “Bang Your Drum” video over and over. I look forward to seeing Craig in a format he was outstanding at.

  2. Jeff Lipsky says:

    Exciting! I didn’t watch the last few months of The Late Late, as I figured I had better get a grip on my addiction so as to easily handle it being over. IDK: will there be any room for Geoff? It seems unlikely. A sad thing indeed.

  3. Vic Garbarini says:

    PS Craig’s surreal humor, used to educate his adopted country, One of the most original voices, comic or otherwise back on TV, doing the unexpected,

    And here’s a few facts worth tossing around , Craig:

    PS Patrick Henry never said “Give me Liberty or Give me death.:

    PPS: Thomas Jefferson didn’t exactly WRITE the Declaration of Independence – he more or less plagiarized it from his Virginia colleague George Mason’s Virginia Declaration of , sometimes word for word.

    PPPS. Its ironic that the Right is screaming to stop “Illegal immigration” of Latinos from Mexico, The Mexican War of the 1840’s was a land grab by the US on Mexico, in which we forced them to “sell” us New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, California, and of course, Texas, for pennies after we invaded Mexico.

    Abraham Lincoln, then a Congressman, spoke passionately against the unjust war, and his Union Civil War commander and later President, U.S. Grant, called the war, which he fought in, ” One of the most unjust waged by a strong nation against a weaker one” (or words to that effect,)

    PPPPS Texas? The Alamo? They weren’t defending their freedom against Mexico, Mexico had invited American settlers in, on the condition that they not engage in slavery, which the Mexicans had outlawed well before the 1836 war.

    Naturally, the American settlers FLOODED the Mexican province of Tejas with thousands of slaves, (that was the whole point) and declared Independence when the Mexicans DARED object,
    This is hard, factual history, yet never mentioned in any movie, TV film etc about “The Alamo” or in most high school text books,

    Maybe they have the right to deport US. Oh, I got a million of them, Heaven is Craig Ferguson back on TV doing something original, and educating his adopted country at the same time, ( Craig, you can start with some of the above, I ‘ll get the sources for ya.

  4. MarinMichael says:

    THIS is the most incredible news I have heard in a long, long time. I knew CraigyFerg would be back. I’m just glad its sooner than any later. I am looking forward to his humorous take on his historical knowledge and perspective. YOU GO CRAIG !

  5. Vic Garbarini says:

    TV most underrated , brilliant comic genius is finally back, and dealing with some fascinating and useful ( as most Americans, and American School Textbooks are clueless about REAL US History,) topics, Hope Geoff makes cameos !

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