Craig Ferguson is game for new ABC series ‘The Hustler’

By | January 5, 2021
Craig Ferguson is game for new ABC series ‘The Hustler’

Craig Ferguson is sport for brand spanking new ABC sequence ‘The Hustler’

Craig Ferguson returns to broadcast tv with ABC’s “The Hustler,” a trivia sport present during which one among 5 contestants is a ringer attempting to idiot his/her rivals in a murder-mystery-type setting.

“I don’t know who [‘The Hustler’] is and that’s one of many factor I really like concerning the present,” says Ferguson, 58, again on community TV for the primary time since leaving CBS’ “The Late Late Present” in 2015. “I’m taking part in together with everybody else on the identical time — and I by no means as soon as bought it proper.

“I didn’t need to know who ‘The Hustler’ was was as a result of then I wasn’t faking something,” he says. “It’s rather more partaking and enjoyable to do it like that. And there was an added bonus: once you’re doing a sport present, standards-and-practices are throughout you ensuring you don’t present any bias.”

Every episode finds Ferguson, carrying a smoking jacket and bantering with the contestants on a set that resembles a drawing room/library. The 5 contributors measurement one another up whereas answering 10 trivia questions; “The Hustler” already is aware of the solutions — the questions are geared towards their life experiences — and secretly eliminates two contestants every week for a remaining faceoff that might internet him/her a $100,000 payoff.

Craig Ferguson
Craig Ferguson
ABC

(The sequence premiered Monday night time and strikes to its common 10 p.m. timeslot on Thursday.)

The style shouldn’t be new to Ferguson, who hosted the syndicated sport present “Movie star Identify Sport” from 2014-2017 and likewise hosted Historical past’s “Be a part of or Die with Craig Ferguson” for one season in 2016.

“This isn’t fairly a sport present nevertheless it’s sort of a actuality present the place you get to know the personalities of the contestants,” he says of “The Hustler.” “Who’s doing what, why is he being such a jerk … and the opposite a part of the combo is…form of a ‘Knives Out’/’Clue’ vibe that’s occurring. It’s a hybrid of all these issues which helps create the murder-mystery environment.”

Ferguson says the format of “The Hustler” spurred his return to community tv.

"The Hustler"
“The Hustler”
ABC

“I appreciated the concept and needed to do some TV, however I needed one thing that existed inside its personal world,” he says. “After I final did standup, in 2019, I made a rule for myself, a stylistic selection of not doing politics in any respect…and I sort of appreciated the concept of that it was topical to its personal world. Issues matter, however they matter inside the present.

“That is household tv,” he says. “You’ll be able to watch it with an indignant teen, a hyperactive tween, an indignant grandma or a depressed middle-aged individual. It’s leisure for its personal sake, and it’s getting tougher and tougher to try this. That’s why I cherished the problem and what drew me in.

“It didn’t matter of it was community TV or streaming or anything — it’s extra concerning the [hosting] job itself.”

Craig Ferguson
Craig Ferguson
ABC

And, Ferguson says, “The Hustler” (shot pre-COVID) morphed into a unique sort of present than was initially envisioned.

“After we made the pilot it was rather more like a giant, shiny sport present. There wasn’t the murder-mystery vibe,” he says. “We added that afterward and accentuated it with the concept of placing it in a haunted-house atmosphere which helped put an imaginative slant on the sport, fairly than it simply being a cookie-cutter sport present.

“Because the sequence goes on, you’ll see contestants who begin making judgments based mostly on age, gender or race — and instantly that every one goes out the window as a result of it’s unsuitable…and messes with their inner profiling.”

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