News Nuggets: Will Joel McHale replace Craig Ferguson on the CBS ‘Late Late Show’?

Could Joel McHale be replacing Craig Ferguson as the host of the “Late Late Show” on CBS? Julie Chen, co-host of “The Talk” and wife of CBS Corp CEO Leslie Moonves, sent an early morning tweet Wednesday of the three of them. Industry insiders have taken the “strategically timed” photo as a sign he has been chosen as the new host. His NBC series “Community” was cancelled last week but he continues to host the E! variety program “The Soup.” He recently had a high-profile gig as the emcee for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Ferguson announced he wound depart from CBS in December. Deadline.

CBS announces its fall schedule and breaks news that “Two and a Half Men” will be finished after its upcoming 12th season. Top comedy “The Big Bang Theory” will move to Mondays for the beginning of the season due to Thursday night NFL football. New spinoff “NCIS: New Orleans” will follow the original Mark Harmon version on Tuesdays, while “NCIS: Los Angeles” moves to Mondays. Other new dramas are “Madam Secretary” (Sundays), “Scorpion” (Mondays), and “Stalker” (Wednesdays). The Wrap.

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With the CBS lineup now in place, where is the “How I Met Your Mother” sequel “How I Met Your Dad”? The network did not like the pilot from 20th Century Fox starring Greta Gerwig and asked the company to remake it. Without a strong commitment to pick up the revised version, Fox is unwilling to go forward. That same scenario happened years ago with “The Big Bang Theory,” which was purchased by CBS after changes were made. Unless a miracle happens, the “Dad” series is dead at CBS. Entertainment Weekly.

Power couple Beyonce and Jay-Z lead all other nominees with five bids each for the 2014 BET Awards. Drake, August Alsina, and Pharrell Williams have four nominations each. The nominees for Best Movie are “The Best Man Holiday,” “The Butler,” “Fruitvale Station,” “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain,” and “12 Years a Slave.” The ceremony will be held in Los Angeles on June 29. Variety.

Conan O’Brien will continue on cable network TBS, at least through 2018. His late night talk show “Conan” premiered in November, 2010, and averages 862,000 viewers each night. Before that he was an NBC fixture on “Late Night” for over 15 years and had a short run hosting “The Tonight Show.” TV Line.

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Rapper and actor Ludacris is tapped to host the 2014 Billboard Music Awards this Sunday in Las Vegas. Performers include Miley Cyrus, John Legend, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, and Carrie Underwood. Imagine Dragons and Lorde lead all others with 12 nominations each. USA Today.

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Fleetwood Mac singer and songwriter Stevie Nicks is the lady of honor at the 62nd annual BMI Pop Awards on Tuesday. The star-studded musical tribute for her Icon Award included performances by Adam Levine, Sheryl Crow, Lady Antebellum, Vanessa Carlton, and Shakira. Past honorees include John Fogerty, Carole King, Dolly Parton, Carlos Santana, and Paul Simon. Hollywood Reporter.

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