CBS: Letterman, Ferguson ‘Very Close’ to Extensions

By Andrew Gauthier 

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David Letterman, host of CBS’s “Late Show,” and “Late Late Show” host Craig Ferguson are “very close” to contract extensions with CBS Corp., the most- watched U.S. TV network.

The agreements will run “deep into 2012,” Nina Tassler, president of CBS Entertainment, told reporters at a television critics conference yesterday in Pasadena, California.

CBS is solidifying its schedule as rival NBC considers returning comedian Jay Leno to 11:35 p.m. for a half-hour show to bolster sagging ratings in prime time and late night. Tassler said New York-based CBS didnt waver in its support of Letterman during the hosts recent revelation of affairs with female staff members.

“We’re very close to a deal,” Tassler said. Letterman “is handling a deeply personal issue with grace.” More…