A new CBS hire who landed a high-profile late-night gig on the network despite being largely unknown to U.S. viewers will get a chance to make himself more familiar to his target audience this week.
Variety reports that British actor James Corden, who is set to take over for Craig Ferguson in the “Late Late Show” spot that leads out from David Letterman’s current show, will appear Friday on “Letterman” for the first time.
“Corden is set to take over the helm of Letterman’s 12:35 a.m. companion show on March 9,” the story reports. “Current ‘Late Late Show’ host Craig Ferguson is to sign off on Dec. 19 after 10 years behind the desk. Letterman is set to retire from his show sometime next year although the timing of his departure is still unclear.”
Corden, whose selection to replace Ferguson came as a surprise to many observers, will also be seen in theaters in December in Disney’s version of “Into the Woods.”