12:59pm PT by Lacey Rose
James Corden, 'Late Late Show' Producers Shopping 'Carpool Karaoke' Series (Exclusive)
James Corden is taking his viral sensation "Carpool Karaoke" on the road.
The Late Late Show host and his executive producer Ben Winston are said to be out shopping an original series centered on his signature late-night segment to SVOD and cable buyers. Though Corden is not expected to host the stand-alone series, he’ll be heavily involved as an executive producer and is likely to make appearances on the show.
No surprise, the unscripted project, which will be produced by CBS Television Studios and Winston’s Fulwell 73 production company, has quickly garnered heavy interest from multiple players and is likely to result in a bidding war. If a success, the hope is to carve out a second window in syndication, too. The current round of presentations, which Winston (of The Hollywood Reporter's Next Gen class of 2015) is believed to be driving, is expected to wrap by week’s end, with a host to be decided once a network is attached.
That Corden and his Late Late Show studio would look to capitalize on the popularity of the franchise is a no-brainer. The segment, which has featured the Tony-winning host crooning with such talent as Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson and One Direction, has already logged 412 million YouTube views and heaps of critical praise. Adele’s installment from January became late night’s biggest viral success ever with more than 84 million YouTube views.
News of the project comes as Spike TV, home of another popular late-night segment turned stand-alone series, Lip Sync Battle, is set to air a knock-off titled Caraoke Showdown. Much like the Late Late Show segment, the project will take place in a car and features celebrity guests belting out familiar tunes with host Craig Robinson.
Watch Corden and Adele sing everything from "Hello" to the Spice Girls' "Wannabe" in the most-watched "Carpool Karaoke" to date: