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History Taps Craig Ferguson For New Series

History has signed former late night TV host Craig Ferguson to helm a new half-hour talk show, the network said Thursday.

The series, Join Or Die with Craig Ferguson, will center the comedian and former Late, Late Show host in a 30-minute talk show where he will debate provocative and timely topics with a panel of guests which will include celebrities and history experts, said network executives.

"Craig is incredibly knowledgeable, but also has a fun way of getting people engaged in history," said Paul Cabana, executive vice president and head of programming for History in a statement. "It's clear this is his passion project and we're looking forward to having him join the network."

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.