Craig Ferguson left the Late, Late Show last December, but he has never been far out of sight for fans. He is in the midst of a comedy tour and is the host of the afternoon game show Celebrity Name Game. Now it seems Ferguson is due to return to primetime television as star in a new situation comedy called The King of 7B, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Ferguson will play a recluse who emerges from his apartment for the first time in more than a decade, only to spot what could be his soul mate across the street.
Ferguson became known to U.S. audiences through The Drew Carey Show, in which he co-starred before taking on the Late, Late Show. He announced his exit from the late night talk show last spring, not long after David Letterman said he planned to wrap up his own after-hours career this year.
Ferguson told Variety he had planned to end his hosting gig long before Letterman’s retirement and said he did not want Dave’s job.
“I had no desire — none — to do that job. I could barely keep it together at 12:30, never mind 11:30… Doing this job wasn’t something I aspired to, either. I kind of fell into this.”
In the almost-year since he announced his Late, Late Show departure, Ferguson has certainly kept busy. People announced earlier this month that his new production deal with Lionsgate TV will give him the opportunity to produce and star in new projects, including a potential drama. Ferguson expressed his intent to try and do something new.
“I don’t really want to do another talk show. I mean, I should never say never. But I want to look at everything else.
“I want to do stuff that I feel excited about going to work in the morning, to do something that’s a bit different. Other than that, I really don’t know. I should have an agenda.”
As for The King of 7B, the Hollywood Reporter states it is already generating buzz with one of the “freshest” scripts for the pilot season. Ferguson’s character is described as having a “regal bearing,” despite his agoraphobia.
The show is executive produced by Howard Franklin, Dan Fogelman, and David Frankel. Ben Karlin, whose past credits include Modern Family and The Daily Show, will be the show runner.
Ferguson will co-star with Carla Jiminez and Kirby Howell-Baptiste.
[Craig Ferguson main image courtesy of Getty]