Carpool Karaoke being sold as TV show
A Carpool Karaoke TV show may be just around the bend.
The Late Late Show host James Corden and executive producer Ben Winston are selling a TV series based on the viral hit that features top-name musicians singing their hits with Corden in a moving automobile, EW has confirmed.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the news, Corden is not planning to host the series, but would serve as an executive producer and probably make occasional appearances. A host would be named once a deal with a network is struck.
A Carpool Karaoke series would follow in the footsteps of Lip Sync Battle, which began as a bit on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and became its own show on Spike TV. With acts like Elton John, One Direction, Justin Bieber, and Stevie Wonder lining up to duet with Corden on their biggest songs (along with a cover or two) while driving around town, Carpool Karaoke has become one of late-night TV’s most buzzed-about segments. (It was introduced in Corden’s first week on CBS’ Late Late Show last March with Mariah Carey riding shotgun; that clip logged more than 20 million YouTube views.) Adele’s ridealong at the beginning of the year has become the most-watched late night clip of all-time, boasting with 84 million-plus YouTube views, while Bieber’s three appearances have netted more than 116 million views combined.
A CBS spokesperson would not comment on the matter.
The Carpool Karaoke news is not surprising given its massive success, though earlier this year, Late Late Show producers said that there were no immediate plans to expand the franchise. “The trickier thing about that is Lip Sync Battle can exist without Jimmy Fallon,” noted executive producer Rob Crabbe, “but Carpool Karaoke can’t really exist without James Corden.”
Spike TV, home of Lip Sync Battle, is also seeking ratings gold in the singing-in-your-car genre: Last month, it ordered Caraoke, a mash-up of sorts between Lip Sync Battle and Carpool Karaoke that will be hosted by Craig Robinson.