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

“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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