9:30am PT by Michael O'Connell
James Corden's 'Late Late Show' Sets Showrunner, March Premiere
It's still a mystery as to when David Letterman will pass the Late Show torch to Stephen Colbert, but CBS has solidified plans for its other late-night transition.
The network announced today that The Late Late Show With James Corden will bow Monday, March 9, 2015, taping at the CBS Television City lot in Los Angeles. Additionally, the series has set producer, director and writer Ben Winston as showrunner.
“We’re excited to begin CBS’s next chapter after midnight and introduce James’ wide range of performance talents and fearless creative instincts to American television viewers,” said CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler. “He and Ben have been friends for a long time and partnered together on a variety of successful projects. They are a creatively dynamic and very energetic host/producer combination.”
Winston currently serves as executive producer of the British X Factor and is well known in the U.K. for his work in TV, movies, music videos and commercials. He and Corden go back a long time, becoming friends when they were both 17. The two have most famously collaborated on Corden's four years as emcee of the Brit Awards.
This does mean there'll be a gap between the Corden era and outgoing host Craig Ferguson's reign. The latter's last episode will air Dec. 19, 2014.