(USA Today) It looks like Craig Ferguson has more to talk about.
The Late Late Show host, who is scheduled to leave that gig in December, is near a deal with Tribune Media to host a syndicated, early-evening talk show, according to a Friday report in Variety.
Tribune Broadcasting would not comment on the report, which says the matter is in "final negotiations," or on any potential deal with Ferguson.
The half-hour, weekday talk show would be designed to run in the 7 p.m. ET/PT time slot on Tribune's 42 stations, with plans to distribute it to other stations, according to details of the arrangement in the Variety story.
The program, which would begin in the fall of 2015, would mix comedy and talk-show elements and likely lead into syndicated reruns of popular sitcoms, the trade publication's story says. Ferguson's show would constitute an unusual format for the early-evening hours.
Ferguson, who began his CBS late-night tenure in 2005, is likely to bring along a couple of his late-night comic pals, Geoff the Robot and the fake horse Secretariat, according to Deadline.
Ferguson already is busy in syndication. He will host Celebrity Name Game, which is produced by Courteney Cox and David Arquette. It will premiere on Sept. 22 on TV stations throughout the country.