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.