A segment that has become a breakout hit on late-night TV was acquired by Apple, which plans to leverage the acquisition of “Carpool Karaoke” to pump up subscriptions to Apple Music.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the segment, which has been a viral hit since breaking out on CBS’s “Late Late Show with James Corden,” will become its own series, with subscribers to the Apple music streaming app having exclusive access when it first airs.
“‘Carpool Karaoke,’ which will be produced by CBS Television Studios and Fulwell 73, the production company of ‘Late Late Show’ executive producer Ben Winston, will expand on the segment’s format with celebrity guests who sing along to their favorite songs and surprise fans during their ride,” THR reports. “The host of the series is expected to be announced at a later date; Corden is not expected to take the wheel.”
The arrangement is for 16 episodes, which will stream weekly, with the premiere date not yet announced but expected to be soon. Apple launched its $10-per-month Apple Music streaming service last year.
The “Carpool Karaoke” episode with Adele from earlier this year has had almost 120 million views on YouTube. Here it is …