As CBS oversees a sweeping transition for its late-night lineup, the network has pushed back the debut of James Corden as the new host of its “Late Late Show” by two weeks, reports Variety.
Instead of debuting March 9, Corden will take his bow March 23. That will allow the show more time to prepare, while also giving the network the ability to use its broadcast of the “March Madness” NCAA basketball tournament to promote the new host.
Corden is expected to start working on the new program Jan. 5, with “Tonight Show” supervising producer Rob Crabbe joining the staff as executive producer and writer. Also working on the show are Mike Gibbons, the co-creator of “Tosh.0,” and Sheila Rogers, a supervising producer on CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman.” Ben Winston was named as the show’s executive producer in November.
Reggie Watts will be the bandleader for the new show.
CBS is also transitioning “Late Show,” with Letterman set to retire in May and Stephen Colbert lined up to take over the show in late summer.