A segment that went viral as an offshoot of a late-night talk show will now be a standalone TV series. TBS announced today that it greenlighted “Drop the Mic,” based on the segment from James Corden’s CBS “Late Late Show.”
It’s the second spinoff series from Corden’s show, following the pickup of “Carpool Karaoke” by Apple.
Corden and “Late Late Show’s” Ben Winston will executive produce along with Jensen Karp, aka battle rapper Hot Karl. Produced by CBS Television Studios and Fulwell 73, the series is expected to debut on TBS in 2017.
“‘Drop the Mic’ will pit four celebrities against each other in a rap battle royale packed with ‘I can’t believe they just said that’ moments,” TBS says in its announcement. “Each week’s winner will be chosen by the studio audience. TBS has ordered 16 episodes of ‘Drop the Mic,’ with a host to be announced later. The show is TBS’s first new unscripted series since the arrival of Michael Bloom, who joined TBS & TNT in June as senior vice president of unscripted & special event programming.”
Said Bloom: “James Corden and Ben Winston have struck a nerve with their celebrity-driven, music-infused, incredibly fun content. This series embodies the kind of unique and surprising programming we are looking for as we reinvent our approach to this genre within the new TBS brand.”
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