Craig Ferguson’s plans to do a syndicated half-hour first-run comedy/talk show with Tribune Media appear to have unraveled. The recently exited CBS Late Late Show host planned to take his robot skeleton sidekick Geoff Peterson with him, along with Geoff’s voice Josh Robert Thompson, Ferguson’s pantomime horse Secretariat, and longtime showrunner Michael Naidus. Word of the new show, targeted for a fall ’16 launch, surfaced as early as August and an announcement had been expected since, but never materialized. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the deal fell apart over station clearances in non-Tribune markets, among other issues; one party said Tribune and Sinclair could not come to terms on the numbers. Tribune Media has a 42-station network, including the country’s Top 3 markets. Interested parties had hoped the show could become a companion to Ferguson’s syndicated game show Celebrity Name Game, on which Tribune is in bed with Debmar-Mercury.
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