“The Late Show with David Letterman’’ will be no more after 2015. The long-time host of the show made his retiremen on April 3, which left us wondering who will take on his role.
We’ve come up with seven men and seven women, including some long shots, that we think fit the bill.
Neil Patrick Harris
First pick: Neil Patrick Harris. The “How I Met Your Mother’’ actor is out of work now (the show wrapped March 31), and he’s already a familiar face at CBS, which aired the show for nine years. NPH on hosting the “Late Show’’ could be legen-wait for it-dary.
Chelsea Handler’s manager recently broke the news that the raunchy comedienne would leave her post at E!’s “Chelsea Lately’’ this year, so it’s no surprise that she’s one of the lovely ladies on our list. Would her sense of humor fly on network TV? Maybe not. Should CBS give her a shot? Es posible.
O’Brien bounced back and struck up a deal at TBS, where he’s hosted “Conan’’ since Nov. 8, 2010. Is it time for the Brookline native to make a jump to CBS?
When “Glee’’ wraps for good next year, Jane Lynch is going to have a lot of time on her plate — time that we think would be well spent interviewing celebrities on “The Late Show.’’ Lynch is a veteran of Chicago comedy troupe Second City Touring Company, so you know she has the improv chops. Will it be enough to get her name on the Ed Sullivan Theater marquee?
Jon Stewart is no stranger to hosting gigs. He’s been asking the hard-hitting questions on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show’’ for over a decade, but he’s also taken on huge gigs like the 2006 and 2008 Academy Awardsand the 2001 Grammys, so we have a feeling he could handle sitting behind a desk on CBS.
Aisha Tyler is a Jack (or Jill) of all trades. The current co-host of “The Talk’’ has a background in acting (“Friends,’’ “24,’’), lends her voice to the adult cartoon “Archer,’’ and hosts the recently revived “Whose Line Is It Anyway.’’ Oh, and she a dgree from Dartmouth in political science. Could a combo of funny, smart, and cultured land her the gig?
Comedian Drew Carey is already a CBS employee as the host of “The Price is Right,’’ he wears a suit to work every day, and he’s good at striking up a conversation with strangers a.k.a. contestants — all things that fit the “Late Show’’ hosting bill.
Retta cracks people up as Donna on “Parks and Recreation’’ and on Twitter (@unfoRETTAble), and Jezebel included the laugh-worthy lady in its list of the top 10 women who could replace Letterman. We can dig it.
If CBS follows the same formula as NBC, they’ll bump “Late Late’’ host Craig Feruson up to the 11:35 timeslot (along with his sidekick, Geoff the Robot). The Scottish actor was named one of Great Britain’s leading comedians in the ‘90s, starred on “The Drew Carey’’ show in the 2000’s, and we’re pretty fond of his humor, all of which earned him a spot on our list.
At 29, Aubrey Plaza is the youngest nom on our list, but that doesn’t mean she’s the least funny. The “Parks and Recreation’’ actress cracked us up in the over-the-top “The To Do List’’ last year and she gives one hell of an interview. Plaza told GQ’s Mark Byrne that she thinks “it’s better to go out there and do something interesting than to just do what everybody expects…And that’s the kind of thing that gets picked up.’’
Think she could be the one doing the questioning?
Boston.com’s Matt Juul talked with Wayne Brady this week, and it seems like the “Let’s Make a Deal’’ host isn’t planning on slowing down his career moves any time soon. If he moves from daytime to late night, CBS will have to replace him, but we’re guessing that won’t be too hard to do.
Amy Poehler may have her hands full with Golden Globe hosting duties and “Parks and Recreation,’’ but we can totally see the former “Saturday Night Live’’ cast member cozying up to the world’s biggest name at the Ed Sullivan Theatre, and so can Vogue, which picked her as one of the five ladies who should take on the role.
If Joel McHale can handle hosting “The Soup,’’ a one-man show on E! that produces genuine laughs on a regular basis, we’re pretty sure he can take on “The Late Show.’’
Molly Shannon is a regular TV guest star nowadays with episodes of “Raising Hope’’ and “The Middle’’ under her belt, but we’re confident this “Saturday Night Live’’ veteran could take on the CBS desk duties with ease. That, and we wouldn’t mind a visit from Mary Katherine Gallagher once in a while.