The “Carpool Karaoke” segment has shattered records on YouTube, with almost 600 million views on YouTube and counting, thanks to visits from Adele, Justin Bieber and One Direction, among others.
In each episode, which would be 30 or 60 minutes, the host of the show would pick up a singer or celebrity and drive them in a Carpool Karaoke car fitted with state-of-the-art cameras.
A deal for a domestic version of the show is said to be close. “Late Late Show” executive producer Ben Winston and Corden began shopping the series as a half hour version back in March, hitting the major cablers and SVOD players. Corden and Winston would serve as exec producers, though Corden would not host.
“Ever since ‘Carpool Karaoke’ has aired as part of ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden,’ the requests for the format have been overwhelming,” said Paul Gilbert, CBS Studios International’s SVP of International Formats. “International broadcasters can now leverage ‘Carpool Karaoke’s’ huge digital and broadcast success for their own local viewers.”
“This is a very exciting format, one which gets the best interviews, and fun, out of every guest that appears, due to its most intimate setting,” said Winston, co-director of production company Fulwell 73.