James Corden's 'Carpool Karaoke' Apple Series Shifts Focus From Just Singers to Celebrities

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James Corden and Adele during the Carpool Karaoke segment on The Late Late Show with James Corden on Jan. 13, 2016.

Will Smith, Ariana Grande, Alicia Keys, Billy Eichner & Chelsea Handler all featured in TV critics press tour preview.

The new Carpool Karaoke won't necessarily cannibalize its popular predecessor.

Segment creators James Corden and Ben Winston, the creative duo behind CBS' The Late Late Show, sold the viral sensation to Apple in 2016 as a series unto itself. But while the late-night segment focuses on Corden singing with recording artists, the longform version will turn the camera on different kinds of entertainers.

"So many people get in touch with us, big-name movie stars, saying they'd love to do Carpool Karaoke," said Late Late showrunner Winston, adding that the answer has to be no. "Here, it's about taking those people who aren't musicians necessarily."

Apple's first season will see a whopping 16 different pairings, though one will feature Corden himself. A trailer screened for press at Monday's (Jan. 9) TV critics press tour showed the host and Will Smith singing along to "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" backed by a full marching band. The clip also featured singers like Ariana Grande and Alicia Keys, as well as comedians such as Billy Eichner and Chelsea Handler.

And just because Carpool Karaoke is now its own show does not mean that Corden will be cutting back on its inclusion on-air. He did, however, emphasize that the time commitment prevents them from doing it too often: "We can only do it so many times on our show, and there's so many lovely people I want to see in that environment."

When asked about how he feels about the popularity of the segment, Corden seemed quite humbled.

"This just became a wonderful platform to see these people in an intimate environment," he said. "I don't even feel like it's mine, really, it's just something I've been part of."

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.


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