CBS’ new late-night landscape comes partially into view March 9, when the network will launch a revised “Late Late Show” with new host James Corden that will tape in Los Angeles and be supervised by British producer Ben Winston.
Corden succeeds Craig Ferguson, who has hosted the late night series for the past 10 years, taking the reins from host Craig Kilborn. Ferguson is expected to sign off on December 19, 2014. David Letterman, who hosts the network’s long running “Late Show,” is also expected to step down sometime next year, though that date has not been announced.
CBS is likely to use guest hosts on its “Late Late Show” until Corden takes over the chair next spring, according to a person familiar with the matter.
“We’re excited to begin CBS’s next chapter after midnight and introduce James’ wide range of performance talents and fearless creative instincts to American television viewers,” said Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment, in a prepared statement. “He and Ben have been friends for a long time and partnered together on a variety of successful projects. They are a creatively dynamic and very energetic host/producer combination.”
Winston is well known in the UK as a producer, director and writer whose credits span television, movies, music videos and commercials. He and Corden, who have known each other since they were 17, have collaborated on many notable projects including Corden’s four years of hosting the Brit Awards, a big British music-industry event. as well as several sketches with Corden for BBC1’s Red Nose Day charity telethon.
Currently, Winston is an executive producer on the hit UK version of “The X Factor.” In addition, he’s produced and directed record-breaking documentaries and movies for the world’s #1 best-selling musical act One Direction, and won an MTV Video Music Award and a Brit Award for directing the One Direction music video “Best Song Ever,” which also featured Corden. He is a co-director of the UK-based production company Fulwell 73.
With Corden, CBS intends to launch a program that will rely on a British comic sensibility, as well as other talents.. The 36-year-old Corden e is a Tony Award-winning performer on Broadway for “One Man, Two Guvnors”; a BAFTA-winning star of the popular U.K. television series “Gavin and Stacey,” which he co-created and co-wrote; a feature film actor with two releases this year, “Into the Woods” and “Begin Again”; and an acclaimed host, writer and producer in several genres of television.