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Popular Segment of Late-Night Talk Show Being Shopped as a Series — But It Has Competition

Mar 10, 2016  •  Post A Comment

Spinoffs from late-night talk shows are becoming a cottage industry, and there’s a new entry in the pipeline.

On the heels of the success of Spike TV’s “Lip Sync Battle,” which grew out of a segment on NBC’s “Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon,” The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that CBS’s James Corden is shopping “Carpool Karaoke.”

“Corden is not expected to host the stand-alone series, but is likely to make appearances on the show,” THR notes. Corden will reportedly be one of the show’s executive producers.

The segment on his “Late Late Show,” which has featured Corden driving around with everyone from Justin Bieber, Adele and One Direction to Elton John and Stevie Wonder, has become a viral sensation. Now Corden and “Late Late Show” executive producer Ben Winston are reportedly shopping an original series based on the segment to cable channels and SVOD outlets. THR says a bidding war is likely.

The news comes just one month after Spike TV, home of “Lip Sync Battle,” ordered the similar-sounding “Caraoke Showdown,” with Craig Robinson set to host. That project, from Howie Mandel’s production company, is expected to bow later this year as a half-hour special, with a series likely to follow.

“Late Late Show’s” Winston commented on the Spike TV project last month, telling Adweek: “We’re disappointed with that. We’re disappointed that our idea would be taken by somebody else.”

Here’s a fun “Carpool Karaoke” segment …

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