A talk show host who has become a fixture of the broadcast late-night landscape won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that James Corden has signed a new pact with CBS to continue hosting “The Late Late Show” through August 2022.
“His current contract, signed in 2014 when he was announced as the successor to Craig Ferguson, was set to expire after the 2019-20 season,” THR notes.
David Nevins, chief creative officer for CBS Corp., is quoted saying: “James Corden has burned his way to the top of American television with a daring, energetic and inventive broadcast that stands out in the late-night space. He is a host and performer whose considerable talents shine on every stage, and he has created a cutting-edge comedy factory with shows that have resonated across multiple platforms. James and his shows are a great source of pride to CBS, and it’s exciting to extend our relationship well into the future.”
THR adds: “Corden has gone from a relative unknown to a key player for CBS, thanks in no small part to his mastery at producing viral, Internet-friendly segments on ‘The Late Late Show,’ including ‘Carpool Karaoke’ and ‘Drop the Mic,’ both of which have spawned standalone shows (at Apple and TNT, respectively).”
The report also notes that Corden has benefited from Stephen Colbert’s rise to the top of the late-night ratings. “Although ‘The Late Late Show’ still trails NBC’s ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ at 12:35 a.m., the gap is narrower (about 100,000 viewers and 0.08 in adults 18-49) than it was a year ago (170,000, 0.11),” THR reports.
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