CBS Pushes James Corden’s Debut On ‘Late Late Show’ To March 23

James Corden Preps For Late Late
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CBS said Friday that it would delay James Corden’s debut on its “Late Late Show” by two weeks: His tenure on the wee-hours program will start March 23 instead of March 9.

The later date gives the show’s team more time to prepare and allows CBS to use its broadcast of the NCAA “March Madness” basketball tournament to promote Corden’s debut.

Corden and a new team of producers are expected to open their offices in Los Angeles on January 5 to prepare for the program. Rob Crabbe, a supervising producer at NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” has joined the staff as an executive producer and writer. Mike Gibbons, the co-creator of “Tosh.0” on Comedy Central, will serve as co-executive producer and writer. Sheila Rogers, a supervising producer and talent coordinator on CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman,” will be a supervising producer. Josie Cliff, who has managed British singer Robbie Williams, was named a producer. Musician and comedian Reggie Watts will be the bandleader for the new program.

The team joins executive producer Ben Winston, who was named to the role in November. CBS said Nick Bernstein would oversee the program as its new vice president of latenight programming, West Coast.

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  1. Ba says:

    how about staying back on your island? Not sure we need a British expert to comment on American politics and Life – your accent will not cover your cluelessness!

  2. bdhstl says:

    What is doing to be on after next week til March? Reruns?

    • cxg says:

      Guest hosts I believe… Craig has had some on these past few weeks.

      • tritonice says:

        rsanews.com has many details. Reruns through the Christmas break. Then, from January to March, Drew Carey, Kunal Neyarr, the View girls (????), among others with guest host a week or two at a time.

  3. Becky says:

    Why give him a band and not Craig? Talk about totally unfair.

    • MilMor says:

      Plus also, since LLS’ debut in 1995 (Tom Snyder was the first host and he had no audience), the show has never had a house band. They didn’t even have one when Craig Kilborn was the host.

    • MilMor says:

      Keep in mind that in Craig’s case, he wanted to do a talk show unlike any other. He pretty much never really wanted a band, in other words. It’s either that or CBS had planned to give him a band but that never happened and Craig became acclimated with it.

      • CNU says:

        Exactly, Craig didn’t want or need a band, I mean we’re talking to a man who deftly uses the awkward pause to great comic effect, or can fill an actual pause with funny off the cuff remarks.

  4. K says:

    He is not a good choice as I think he still feels he will be able to do movies and British telly still?

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