Craig Ferguson is close to a deal to launch an early-evening talk show starting in fall 2015.
The outgoing host of CBS' “The Late Late Show” would introduce his half-hour syndicated series on stations in a slot just before prime time, according to a source with knowledge of the deal who spoke on the condition of anonymity because that person wasn't authorized to comment publicly.
Ferguson, who has held a late-night berth on CBS for a decade, will step down in December.
In a separate venture, he will host a new syndicated game show, “Celebrity Name Game,” beginning next month.
J.K. Rowling has posted new details about a minor character from her Harry Potter books on the fan website Pottermore.com.
The author has written a short biography of Celestina Warbeck, a glamorous singing sorceress resembling Shirley Bassey and a favorite of Mrs. Weasley's.
The new backstory for the character, who was only mentioned briefly in the series, was posted online Monday along with one of her songs, recorded by a singer at the Harry Potter theme park at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida.
Rowling calls her one of her favorite “offstage” characters in the series. She writes that Warbeck's special abilities include tap-dancing and an extraordinary voice that can “drown out a chorus of banshees.”
Doing his duty
Lawrence Tureaud, better known as Mr. T, was in true form as he waited outside a Rolling Meadows, Illinois, courthouse to be called for jury duty.
Sporting his usual Mohawk, the star of “Rocky III” and TV's “The A-Team” signed autographs and made his feelings known.
He said, “I pity the criminals today,” as he explained he had been designated a potential juror for a trial scheduled for Friday.
Tureaud wasn't picked as a juror.
The top five movies from the weekend box office:
1. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” $28.5 million
2. “Guardians of the Galaxy,” $25.1 million
3. “Let's Be Cops,” $17.8 million
4. “The Expendables 3,” $15.9 million
5. “The Giver,” $12.3 million
Among celebrity birthdays today: Singer Johnny Nash is 74. Actor Gerald McRaney is 66. Actor-director Jonathan Frakes is 62. Actor John Stamos is 51. Actress Kyra Sedgwick is 49. Singer Lee Ann Womack is 48. Actor Matthew Perry is 45.