11:47am PT by Natalie Jarvey
'Carpool Karaoke' Spinoff Delayed at Apple
Apple is delaying the release of its Carpool Karaoke spinoff, which was supposed to premiere this spring to kick off the tech giant's original programming push.
Carpool Karaoke, a half-hour take on the popular segment from CBS' The Late Late Show With James Corden, was originally scheduled to debut this month following a party scheduled for Monday, April 24. The event was canceled, and an Apple spokeswoman now says that the series will premiere "later this year."
Apple first announced Carpool Karaoke last July, not long after it revealed plans for a push into original programming with a reality competition series, Planet of the Apps, from Ben Silverman. A trailer for Carpool Karaoke, which will pair celebrities including Will Smith, Ariana Grande and Alicia Keys for song-fueled car rides, first aired during Corden's stint as Grammys host.
Apple is also prepping for the launch of Planet of the Apps, which will see mentors Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba, will.i.am and Gary Vaynerchuk work with app developers before they pitch their companies to investors. Apple also has said that Planet of the Apps will premiere this spring, but a date has yet to be set.
The upcoming slate of original programming is planned for Apple Music, the $10-per-month music streaming service that Apple first launched in June 2015. It currently has 20 million subscribers.
Reuters first reported on Carpool Karaoke's delay.