With his Late Late Show stint over, Craig Ferguson is returning to acting with a starring role in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot The King Of 7B. The ensemble project, written by Howard Franklin and directed by David Frankel, focuses on Prentiss Porter (Ferguson), an agoraphobic recluse who ventures outside for the first time in 11 years when he spies what could be his soulmate moving into the building across the street. Ben Karlin — who, like Ferguson, has extensive late-night show background from his tenure on The Daily Show — is the showrunner. Ferguson joins previously cast Carla Jiminez and Kirby Howell-Baptiste.
Ferguson acted in movies and TV in the UK, and his first major gig in the U.S. was a co-starring role on another ABC comedy, The Drew Carey Show. That parlayed into the longtime hosting gig on CBS’ Late Late Show, which ended in December. During his time on Late Late Show, Ferguson did occasional acting stints (largely voice-over work), most notably an arc on Hot In Cleveland. Ferguson also is hosting syndicated game show Celebrity Name Game and has a producing deal with Lionsgate TV.