The Late Late Show with James Corden

The Late Late Show with James Corden
Also known as The Late Late Show
(franchise brand)
Genre Talk show
Variety show
Written by Mike Gibbons (head writer)
Directed by Trollbäck + Company
(title sequence)
Tim Mancinelli (main show)
Presented by James Corden
Starring Reggie Watts, The Late Late Show Band
Theme music composer Reggie Watts
Hagar Ben-Ari
Guillermo E. Brown
Steve Scalfati
Tim Young
Opening theme "The Late Late Show"
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 268 (as of December 1, 2016) (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Rob Crabbe
Ben Winston
Mike Gibbons
Producer(s) James Corden
David Javerbaum
Sheila Rogers
Michael Kaplan
Jeff Kopp
Josie Cliff
Location(s) CBS Television City
Los Angeles, California
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 40 minutes (without commercials)
Production company(s) Fulwell 73 Productions
CBS Television Studios
Original network CBS
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Original release March 23, 2015 (2015-03-23) – present (present)
Preceded by The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
External links

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 iteration of The Late Late Show. Airing in the U.S. Monday through Friday nights, it is taped in front of a live 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.[1] Originally scheduled to premiere on March 9, 2015, CBS later pushed back its premiere to March 23, 2015, in order to use the NCAA basketball tournament as a means of promoting Corden's debut.[2]


Corden said he was "thrilled and honoured" and found it "hugely exciting ... to host such a prestigious show".[3] 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 theater, film and television, and called him "loved and respected" in all of them.[4] The show continues to be filmed at CBS Television City in Los Angeles.[5] Corden made a surprise guest appearance on predecessor Ferguson's program 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.[6] He also appeared on an episode hosted by Judd Apatow to job shadow, stating he wanted to "learn from his mistakes".[7]

Unlike his predecessors, Corden's Late Late Show has a house band, nicknamed "Karen",[8] and led by Reggie Watts who also acts as the show's announcer. Reggie also performs as lead vocals, keyboards, beatboxing and programmer.[9] 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 was originally supposed to be directed by J.J. Abrams but instead was filmed by the visual firm of Trollbäck + Company and Reggie Watts and the Late Late Show Band composed the theme song.[10] 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."[11] The show's executive producers are Rob Crabbe and Ben Winston.[7] 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."[12]

While an opening monologue is a staple of the late night talk show genre, Corden has suggested that as he is not a stand-up comedian, he will also be using alternatives to the traditional joke-heavy monologue.[13] 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.[14]


Corden in 2015

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.[15] 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.[16] The episode scored 1.66 million viewers, the show's biggest Monday rating in more than three years.[17]

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.,[18] despite starting 20 minutes late due to Letterman's show running over its scheduled end time.[19] 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.[20]

Recurring segments

The Red Hot Chili Peppers appeared on the June 13, 2016 segment. During the filming, singer Anthony Kiedis saved the life of a baby. Kiedis said, "a woman came out of her house, holding a child saying ‘My baby, my baby, my baby can’t breathe!’ We all ran across the street, the woman thrust the baby into my arms, the baby was not breathing and I thought ‘I’m gonna try and do a little baby CPR real quick, see if I can get some air in this kid.’ Tried to open the mouth, [it was] like locked shut. So I started rubbing the belly, bubbles came out of the mouth, the eyes rolled back into place, the ambulance showed up and I handed the baby over, who was now breathing and fine, and we went back to Carpool Karaoke."[29][30]
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.[31] 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.[32][33]

Awards and nominations

Year Ceremony Category Result Ref.
2015 5th Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Talk Show Nominated [44]
2016 6th Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Talk Show Nominated [45]
68th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety Talk Series Nominated [46]
Outstanding Interactive Program Won
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series Nominated


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.[47][48]

In Australia, the series was purchased by CBS's Australian partner Network Ten.[49][50] 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 encores on the weekend); CBS holds a 1/3 stake in Eleven.[51]

In France the show airs at 11:35pm every Monday to Friday on MCM.

In New Zealand the show began to air on state-owned broadcaster TVNZ's channel Duke, from March 20, 2016.

In Asia, the show premiered on August 3, 2015, on RTL CBS Entertainment. It airs weeknights at 11:45PM (UTC+08:00), following The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.[52]

In the UK and Ireland from 2016 the show airs on Sky’s ‘On Demand’ service, 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. [53]

In Germany, the show airs on broadcaster RTL’s online service RTL II You since its establishment in May 2016.


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