‘King of 7B’ :ABC's New Comedy Pilot, Stars The Late Late Show host Craig Feguson

6:34 AM EST 3/1/2015 by Kara Michelle, Celebeat Reporter

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Craig Ferguson, 52, the former host of CBS' The Late Late Show, has just landed the lead role on ABC's upcoming new single-camera comedy pilot TV series, The King of 7B. He will be joining previously announced cast members Carla Jimenez and Kirby Howell-Baptiste.

Ferguson is set to take on the role of an "agoraphobic recluse" named Prentiss Porter who finally ventures outside after 11 years when he believes his soulmate has moved in across the street. The network further describes his Prentice Porter character as "far from shy and humble; he wears a monogrammed dressing gown and has a refined upright, regal bearing."

As previously announced by ABC, Howard Franklin will be penning the script. He will also executive produce King of 7B along with Dan Fogelman and his Rhode Island Ave. Productions banner. David Frankel will likewise executive produce as well as direct the pilot. Ben Karlin is attached to serve as showrunner.

Even while he was still hosting for The Late Late Show, Ferguson remained in circulation with the acting community with regular guest voice roles on series including Family Guy, SpongeBob SquarePants, Futurama, Archer as well as scripted appearances on Hot in Cleveland, Sean Saves the World and Web Therapy, as well as feature films How to Train Your Dragon 2 and more, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He hosted The Late Late Show from January 3, 2005, to December 19, 2014.

Ferguson's first appearance on a US TV sit-com series was as baker Logan McDonough on the short-lived 1995 ABC show Maybe This Time starring Betty White and Marie Osmond. He got his major breakthrough in the industry when he was cast on The Drew Carey Show as the title character's boss, Mr. Wick, a role that he played from 1996 to 2003. While working on the series, he also wrote and starred in three films: The Big Tease, Saving Grace and I'll Be There, which he also directed. He is also the author of two books: the novel "Between the Bridge and the River" and a memoir "American on Purpose."

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