The Late Late Show with James Corden
|The Late Late Show with James Corden|
|Also known as||The Late Late Show (franchise brand)|
|Written by||Mike Gibbons (head writer)|
Trollbäck + Company|
Tim Mancinelli (main show)
|Presented by||James Corden|
|Starring||Reggie Watts, The Late Late Show Band|
|Theme music composer||
Guillermo E. Brown
|Opening theme||"The Late Late Show"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||502 (as of June 21, 2018) (list of episodes)|
CBS Television City,
|Running time||40 minutes (without commercials)|
CBS Television Studios
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Original release||March 23, 2015– present|
|Preceded by||The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson|
The Late Late Show with James Corden (also known as Late Late) is an American late-night talk show hosted by James Corden on CBS. It is the fourth and current iteration of The Late Late Show. Airing in the U.S. from Monday to Friday nights, it is taped in front of a studio audience Monday through Thursday afternoons – during weeks in which first-run episodes are scheduled to air – at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, California in Studio 56, directly above the Bob Barker Studio (Studio 33). It is produced by Fulwell 73 and CBS Television Studios.
Corden was announced as the show's new host on September 8, 2014, succeeding Craig Ferguson. Originally scheduled to premiere on March 9, 2015, CBS later pushed back the premiere to March 23, 2015 so they could use the NCAA basketball tournament to promote Corden's debut.
On April 4, 2017, it was confirmed that Corden would bring The Late Late Show to the UK for three special episodes taped at the Central Hall Westminster. It was the third time in the history of the programme that it aired from another country, with Ferguson taking his incarnation to Paris, France in 2011 and Scotland in 2012. Cordon announced that the show would once again film a week of shows in London from 18 June 2018.
Corden said he was "thrilled and honored" and found it "hugely exciting ... to host such a prestigious show". CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler said in a statement that Corden is a warm, charming and original performer whose "diverse range of creative instincts and performance talent" make him a "rare entertainment force". Tassler cited Corden's work in such media as theatre, film and television, and called him "loved and respected" in all of them. The show continues to be produced at CBS Television City in Los Angeles. Corden made a surprise guest appearance on predecessor Ferguson's programme on December 16, 2014, two days prior to Ferguson's last broadcast as host, during which the two briefly discussed Corden taking over the show. He also appeared on an episode hosted by Judd Apatow to job shadow, stating he wanted to "learn from his mistakes".
Unlike his predecessors, Corden's Late Late Show has a house band, nicknamed "Karen", led by Reggie Watts who also acts as the show's announcer. Watts also performs as lead vocals, keyboards, beatboxing, and programmer. The other personnel in the band are Tim Young on lead guitars, Steve Scalfatti on keyboards, Hagar Ben Ari on bass, and Guillermo E. Brown on drums. The show's title sequence, which was supposed to be directed by J.J. Abrams, was filmed by the visual firm of Trollbäck + Company. Watts and the Late Late Show Band composed the theme song. According to a report in the Daily Mail: "Corden hopes the credits will show him riding a BMX bike around Los Angeles, with other on-screen talent joining him as he reaches the CBS studio." The show's executive producers are Rob Crabbe and Ben Winston. The final product being James Corden and Reggie Watts going around LA in a Low Rider, LED bike, and some graphic and light painting with a Pixelstick. Trollbäck + Company put this statement below the video: "James Corden and Reggie Watts put the LA LA back into Late Late in a series fun vignettes filmed around Los Angeles for the identity of the new CBS Late Late Show. James originally wanted JJ Abrams to film him and Reggie scored to a Mark Ronson track. We were of course honored to take JJ's place as he was a bit busy filming a blockbuster! We managed to shoot everything in one night with LED bikes, a Lowrider, and a Pixelstick setting an eclectic visual tone for this experimental new show."
While an opening monologue is a staple of the late night talk show genre, Corden suggested initially that as he is not a stand-up comedian, he would also be using alternatives to the traditional joke-heavy monologue. However, the show has retained the monologue though it is shorter and not as important an element as the monologue on other late night shows.
The show also uses an interview format similar to that of British chat show The Graham Norton Show, in which all of the night's guests appear on stage simultaneously. Guests do not walk on stage from the wings but emerge from the back of the studio and walk through the audience rows. As is more typical in British talk shows, the host sits to the left of the guests, a reversal of the traditional American layout. Corden also does not sit behind a desk, unlike other late night hosts, but in a swivel chair.
Tom Hanks and Mila Kunis were Corden's first guests on March 23, 2015, for the debut episode featuring Corden and Hanks acting and singing their way through a retrospective of Hanks' career. Later, after a prompt by Hanks, Corden appeared to score a coup by getting Mila Kunis to admit that she and Ashton Kutcher are married, but a source later claimed she was merely joking. The episode scored 1.66 million viewers, the show's biggest Monday rating in more than three years.
First-run episodes aired every weeknight through the May 2015 sweeps period; then, beginning the week of May 25, the show scaled back its production schedule to four first-run episodes per week (differing from the previous iterations of the program, which produced Friday episodes, either the day of broadcast or farther in advance on the tape date of the Thursday edition), with the Friday episode consisting of a rebroadcast of a recent episode, as has become common with several other late-night talk shows (with the exception of The Late Show and The Tonight Show, which continue to produce first-run episodes on that night, and many airing on cable, which almost universally do not air episodes on Fridays at all). Even with Corden's debut week, Late Night with Seth Meyers still beat The Late Late Show in the ratings during the 12:35 a.m. time slot, with Meyers continuing to dominate that slot on a weekly basis.
The May 20, 2015 episode, which followed the finale of Late Show with David Letterman, was the highest rated episode of The Late Late Show in the history of the franchise with an audience of 4 million viewers and a rating of 2.5., despite starting 20 minutes late due to Letterman's show running over its scheduled end time. The episode featured Corden and Sting outside of the Ed Sullivan Theater singing "Every Breath You Take" in the show's cold open and a monologue with a Top Ten List among other tributes to Letterman.
- Carpool Karaoke, a segment in which James and musical guests sing along to their songs whilst driving on a planned route usually in Los Angeles. Corden explained that the segment was inspired by a Gavin & Stacey-themed sketch he had participated in for the British charity television special Red Nose Day 2011, in which he sang along with George Michael in a car, stating that "Ben Winston and I always thought there was something very joyful about someone very, very famous singing their songs in an ordinary situation. We just had this idea: Los Angeles, traffic, the carpool lane — maybe this is something we could pull off." The segments, which have featured artists such as Lady Gaga, Foo Fighters, Britney Spears, Take That, Chris Martin, Selena Gomez, Iggy Azalea, Justin Bieber, Stevie Wonder, One Direction, Adele, Demi Lovato, Mariah Carey, Sia, Harry Styles, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, have proven popular as viral videos on the Late Late Show's YouTube channel. A Carpool Karaoke segment featuring Adele reached 42 million views within 5 days, making it the most viral video originating from a late night program since 2013. The Adele segment has received over 174 million views as of December 2017. A segment featuring the then First Lady Michelle Obama (eventually joined by Missy Elliott singing "This is for My Girls") was released on July 20, 2016, and has reached over 55 million views as of May 2017. On March 29, 2016, CBS aired a primetime special featuring highlights of the segment, and a new edition with Jennifer Lopez. The special would win a 2016 Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special.
- The popularity of the segment on the Internet led to two different series being produced. In July 2016, it was announced that Apple Music would distribute a series based on Corden's Carpool Karaoke, to be titled Carpool Karaoke: The Series. The decision came after Spike had announced plans to air a series inspired by the section, titled Caraoke Showdown, to be hosted by Craig Robinson.
- Drop the Mic: Corden and one or more guests trade insults in a (scripted) rap battle. Guests who participated include David Schwimmer, Rebel Wilson, Cara Delevingne, Dave Franco, Kevin Hart, Anne Hathaway, and Riz Ahmed. In August 2016, TBS ordered a version of Drop the Mic from CBS as a series. It premiered in 2017, with Corden, Ben Winston, and Jensen Karp as producers.
- The Bold and the Lyrical: James and multiple celebrity guests act out a dramatic soap opera scene using the lyrics of some of today's biggest acts in music.
- Riff-Off: James challenges a celebrity guest to a vocal battle, with the assistance of Filipino-American a cappella group The Filharmonic. Guests include Anna Kendrick, Shawn Mendes, Neil Patrick Harris, Demi Lovato, Jamie Foxx, Ansel Elgort, Liam Payne, Luke Evans, and Usher. 
- Take a Break: James pretends to do the job of someone in an industry, subsequently "giving them a break." During this segment, James has worked at LensCrafters and Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, as well as a model on The Price Is Right and the Mayor of Los Angeles, among other jobs.
- Crosswalk the Musical: James and guests hold flash mob-style performances of songs from musicals in the middle of a crosswalk when cars stop at it.
- Talking Mentalist: Over the summer of 2015, where CBS had aired reruns of its drama programming as a lead-in to The Late Late Show to lead up towards the premiere of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, several episodes opened with Talking Mentalist—a parody of companion "after-shows" such as Talking Dead in which James and his guests would discuss the rerun of The Mentalist that had just aired. After CBS followed suit, the sketch was reprised as Talking Hawaii Five-0, which featured a guest appearance by Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick.
- Celebrity Noses: Corden attempts to conduct an unspecified activity involving the noses of celebrities, but is repeatedly stalled by various problems that prevent the segment from even occurring.
- Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts: James and that night's guests join in on a game that involves a roundtable question-and-answer portion. Both of them have the option to answer a really embarrassing, self-deprecating, or controversial question - however, should they choose to not answer the question, they will have to eat various forms of disgusting food, ranging from small insects, bodily fluids, or animal offal or organs.
- Flinch: James and a group of guests participate in a game where pieces of fruit are fired out of a mini remote controlled cannon, designed as Corden's face, towards one of the guests standing behind a plastic wall. Corden usually distracts the guest by asking them questions and then tries to make them flinch by unexpectedly firing a piece of fruit mid-conversation. The winner usually is the one who flinches the least.
Awards and nominations
Primetime Emmy Awards
|2016||Outstanding Variety Talk Series||James Corden, Rob Crabbe, Ben Winston, Mike Gibbons, Sheila Rogers, Michael Kaplan, Jeff Kopp, Josie Cliff and David Javerbaum||Nominated|
|2018||The Late Late Show with James Corden||Pending|
Creative Arts Emmy Awards
|2016||Outstanding Variety Special||The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special; Rob Crabbe, Ben Winston, Mike Gibbons, Sheila Rogers, Michael Kaplan, Jeff Kopp, Josie Cliff and James Corden||Won|||
|Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series||Tim Mancinelli (Episode: "Post-Super Bowl Episode")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Interactive Program||James Corden, Ben Winston, Rob Crabbe and Adam Abramson||Won|
|2018||Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series||Tim Mancinelli (Episode: "Episode 0416")||Pending|
|Outstanding Interactive Program||James Corden, Ben Winston, Rob Crabbe, Adam Abramson and Tyler White||Pending|
|Outstanding Choreography||Chloe Arnold||Pending|
Critics' Choice Television Awards
|2014||Best Talk Show||The Late Late Show with James Corden||Nominated|
In India the show is aired at 1 pm Indian Standard Time (IST), 8 pm (IST) and 11:56 pm (IST) on Zee Cafe and Zee Cafe HD (repeats included).
In the UK and Ireland since 2016 the show airs on Sky's 'On Demand' service as well as Now TV with each episode available the day after its US broadcast. Sky Q customers also get to watch some content from the show in the 'Online Video' section. 
In Canada, The Late Late Show with James Corden is aired by CTV in simulcast with CBS. The program formerly aired on sister network CTV Two, but moved to the main CTV network on February 8, 2016, switching with Late Night with Seth Meyers.
In Australia, the series was purchased by CBS's then-Australian partner network Network Ten. It premiered on Network Ten's sister network Eleven on May 24, 2015, on a seven-day-a-week airing schedule to catch up with the current run through the northern hemisphere summer (by September and the start of the new American television season it had caught up and now airs on a day-delay with repeats at weekends); CBS has owned Eleven (and Network Ten itself) since it purchased Ten Network Holdings in the last half of 2017.
In France the show airs at 11:35 pm every Monday to Friday on MCM.
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