Late Late Show to Fill 9-Week Gap: 10 Male Guest Hosts, a Week of The Talk

James Corden is getting quite the opening act — 15 of ’em, to be exact — before he takes over as host of The Late Late Show on Monday, March 9, 2015.

CBS on Wednesday announced a roster of guest hosts that will fill the gap between Craig Ferguson’s exit — slated for Dec. 19 — and Corden’s debut.

The Price Is Right emcee Drew Carey will bookend the substitute roster by hosting Jan. 5-9 and March 2-6 (12:37-1:37 AM, ET/PT).

And while the network isn’t planning any solo female guest-hosts to bridge the Ferguson-Cordon gap, it will air a special late-night edition of The Talk — broadcast from its daytime set, with the five-member panel of Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood — for the week of Jan. 12-16.

The remainder of the Late Late Show guest-host lineup will include director Judd Apatow, singer John Mayer, and comic actors including Will Arnett, Wayne Brady, Jim Gaffigan, Billy Gardell, Sean Hayes, Thomas Lennon and Kunal Nayyar. CBS will announce the exact dates for those guest hosts in the near future.

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  1. Tran says:

    Can’t wait until March 9th when James Corden takes over The Late Late Show but I really like the idea of having guest hosts when these guys takes over until March 6th after Craig Ferguson bids farewell for his hosting stint on December 19th. One man I’m so excited about is Drew Carey who previously did an April Fools Day switcheroo when he took over The Late Late Show while Craig Ferguson was guest hosting The Price is Right. In my opinion I think Drew Carey should be a great talk show host than hosting a game show that will never go away in The Price is Right (how long will TV’s longest running game show ever going to end?).

    • Robby Horine says:

      When The Price is Right stops making CBS money.

      • Tran says:

        I know. If the execs at CBS Daytime would’ve ended The Price is Right back in 2007 after Bob Barker’s retirement when hosting for 35 years, they should have done it and not move on if Drew Carey wasn’t the one to replace Barker.

  2. Billy Gardell hosting the Late Late Show? Yes Please!

  3. Amie says:

    Seriously, they couldn’t spare a week for ONE female host? Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer, Kate McKinnon, Chelsea Peretti, Kerry Kenney-Silver, Cecily Strong, Jenny Slate, Jessica Williams, Maria Bamford, Laura Benanti, Kristen Schaal, Samantha Bee, Nikki Glaser, Tig Notaro, Nicole Byer, Wendy McClendon-Covey… I suppose they’re all just too busy.

    • Amanda says:

      Seriously. Wow. I can’t believe this……….. No solo women????

    • CK says:

      I know, right? You would think that if they were desperate enough to do a late night version of the talk or hire John Mayer, they could have made room for a female comedian.

      • H says:

        John Mayer can actually be quite hilarious, he’s who I’m looking the most forward too!

        • Monique says:

          John’s reputation in the media (as a womanizer, etc) usually overshadows how truly talented he is, both musically and as an amateur comedian. I’m extremely biased since I’ve loved John for years, but dude is seriously hilarious and I’m hoping this guest hosting gig will finally allow the world to see that.

    • Tran says:

      Kat Dennings & Beth Behrs from 2 Broke Girls would’ve been a great fit to co-host The Late Late Show together in my opinion.

    • mike says:

      well, i don’t think tina fey has any interest in guest hosting anything these days. amy poehler is going to be in the thick of the final season of parks and recreation on nbc. amy schumer is likely going to be doing press for her movie coming out that she wrote and is starring in (if it’s done by then) and working on season 3 of inside amy schumer which is coming back in the spring to comedy central. kate mckinnon, cecily strong, jessica williams, and samantha bee will all be in nyc working on the weekly/nightly live shows they write/perform for (snl and daily show). chelsea peretti is on fox’s brooklyn 99. jenny slate’s on married on fx, which starts production of season 2 in january. laura benanti is on abc’s nashville. wendy mcclendon-covey is on abc’s the goldbergs. i could be mistaken, but i’m pretty sure tig notaro has a contract with conan o’brien’s production company. i honestly had to google the other women you named because i’ve never heard of them – not exactly a good sign for handing over an hour of network time…

      what do all of the people announced as guest hosts have in common? they all either already work for cbs, or they don’t directly compete with cbs shows. i think cbs would kill to get most of the women you named – but most of the women you named, like you said at the end of your post, likely are too busy. i don’t see lorne michaels letting the women from snl you named miss a week of work to do a show that competes with a show he runs (late night with seth myers), do you?

      • leannejansen says:

        there are still LOTS of other women…Maya Rudolph, Molly Shannon, Kristin Wiig in terms of SNL alums. Amy Schumer won’t be promoting her new movie until the spring if her movie is likely to be released in the summer which i think it is. Some of the male guest hosts they’ve chosen anyways don’t exactly scream ‘ratings boosters’, so why not just give it a test run with a woman

        To be honest…Kristin Wiig and Bill Hader together would be hilarious, I would pay to watch them co-host a show together with their amazing chemistry.

        • mike says:

          i’m just saying most of the women that the commenter named above are currently working for shows on other networks that will be in production in january. and kristen wiig, come on, she is a huge movie star – i don’t think cbs could afford her for a weeks worth of shows (that, or i don’t think she’d do it for whatever the going rate is). besides i don’t think anyone who has been a member of the snl cast would even do it – lorne michaels runs the show that they’d be competing against.

          like i said, forget about gender – all of the guest hosts have one thing in common. they all already work for cbs, or they don’t directly compete with cbs.

    • I agree – so many talented women they could’ve chosen, but they didn’t even try. So disappointing.

    • JB Smooove says:

      I would love to see Ayisha Tyler. I think shes funny and yet could conduct a good interview.

    • leannejansen says:

      they probably didn’t even ask, which is unfortunate because all of those women are better options then what they chose. but I guess women and late night is a no no to network execs. I mean, it’s a guest host spot and not even ONE!!!!

  4. Rich says:

    I guarantee that someone will say of every host that they are the best talk show host ever and should have their own show.

  5. Tran says:

    BTW, will The Late Late Show with James Corden have a new announcer? I have a feeling is not Shadoe Stevens.

  6. Jerrell says:

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  7. I says:

    $10 says when Sean Hayes hosts, the show will be abruptly cancelled mid-episode.

  8. Elaine says:

    Yes, CBS, do appease the female fans out there by putting up a late night version of the Talk. It’s the perfect way to make us all fail to notice you don’t have the decency to put on even ONE female guest host, not even one. Really, CBS? Really? Still stuck in 1956.

  9. Grey's Fan says:

    Sexist. Why only men? Why not have at least one woman “tryout”?

  10. matty says:

    Why no female guest hosts? that is sexism at its worst.

  11. leannejansen says:

    I’m very disappointed that there is not ONE single female guest host. This is why I miss Chelsea Handler because at least there was someone. It’s 2014, women actually do watch late night TV. It’s time to do away with the ‘boys club’ of talk shows. It’s discriminatory in my opinion. I can think of lots of funny women who could easily out host any of these men…whitney cummings, tina fey, amy poehler, beth behrs, kat dennings, kaley cuoco, mindy kaling, alison janney/anna faris, and on and on and on…very disappointed, unlikely to watch as a result

    • mike says:

      look at the women you’re picking. you’ve gotta see why none of them save whitney cummings could or would do it. alison janney – i mean, she doesn’t like appearing on talk shows – why in the world would you think she’d want to host one for a week…

      • S. says:

        Exactly. People just brainstorm funny women and don’t even think about 1) are they available 2) would they even want to do it if they were 3) do they already have a relationship with a CBS competitor? 4) are they based in LA? 5) are they famous enough for getting viewer eyeballs? 99% of the women listed usually get knocked out by all that. Mindy’s a showrunner and the lead of her show, not to mention it’s on Fox. No way does she have the time. Tina’s got more than one project and again, no relationship with CBS nor does she have the time. Is she still based in NYC? Here’s a thought–Paget Brewster. I’ve seen her guest host on Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show. She did the episode with Marc Evan Jackson. I thought it was terrific. She was tentative because she was in unfamiliar waters, but it actually made it endearing and funnier to be honest. Not sure how she’d be with a monologue but she’s a fun interviewer.

  12. Jack says:

    Why don’t they just start Corden right away?