×

CBS Late-Night Shows Launch on Facebook Watch Video Platform

CBS is bringing short-form content from “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “The Late Late Show with James Corden” to Facebook’s Watch.

Starting Thursday, fans can view short-form clips from Colbert’s “Late Show” on Facebook Watch at facebook.com/colbertlateshow. Content from James Corden’s “Late Late Show” will launch on Watch when the show returns on Monday, Jan. 8.

Facebook and CBS aren’t discussing the business terms of their partnership. CBS is not producing original content for Facebook Watch; rather, it’s distributing clips from the TV broadcasts on the social network as it currently does on platforms including YouTube.

For Facebook, the addition of CBS late-night content is another step forward in its bid to turn Watch into a video destination for episodic content — so that Facebook can serve up more video ads in professionally produced content.

Facebook launched Watch in the U.S. last August, seeded with some shows it paid to produce along with dozens of shows from partners. Ultimately, Facebook execs envision it as a platform for content creators of all shapes and sizes — akin to YouTube.

On YouTube, content from late-night TV shows continues to be a major draw and regularly yields viral hits. In 2017, for example, one of the top-trending YouTube videos of the year was Ed Sheeran’s appearance on Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” segment from the CBS show. That’s pulled in more than 41 million views since it was posted last June.

More TV

  • Pinewood Studios James Bond

    Netflix's Shepperton Studios Deal Is Stretching the U.K.'s Production Limits

    Netflix’s huge new hub at Shepperton Studios outside London is a further fillip for Britain’s booming production sector. Amid jitters over Brexit and its effects on the economy, the streaming giant’s commitment is a vote of confidence in the U.K. entertainment industry and a continuing source of local jobs. But the decision by Netflix to [...]

  • BBC ITV BritBox Streaming

    BritBox to Roll Out in the U.K. in Fourth Quarter

    British broadcasters the BBC and ITV have formally agreed to launch their joint streaming service, BritBox, in the U.K. in the fourth quarter of 2019. It will be priced at £5.99 per month, making it the same price as the cheapest Netflix subscription in the U.K. ITV will control BritBox, holding a 90% stake. The [...]

  • Kamala Harris

    Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Face Rematch in Next Democratic Debate

    Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris will have the opportunity to square off again in the second debate among Democratic hopefuls vying for their party’s nomination in the 2020 presidential election CNN, which will broadcast the next round of debates on July 30 and 31, televised a draw Thursday night that decided [...]

  • Jon Wax

    Jon Wax Joins Amazon Studios as Head of Genre Programming

    YouTube’s head of scripted programming Jon Wax is joining Amazon Studios as its head of genre programming, Variety has learned. Wax will take up the position recently vacated by Sharon Tal Yguado. He had joined YouTube in August 2017, heading up drama, unscripted and current programming for YouTube’s premium channel. Prior to that, he had [...]

  • South Park Donald Trump

    TV News Roundup: Comedy Central Sets 'South Park' Season 23 Premiere Date

    In today’s TV News roundup, Comedy Central announces the premiere date of “South Park” Season 23 and Netflix sets the premiere date and offers a first look at “Unbelievable.”  DATES Comedy Central announced that Season 23 of “South Park” will premiere Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 10 p.m. Because the episodes are written and animated so [...]

  • US actor Kevin Spacey (C) is

    Kevin Spacey Shouldn't Be Exonerated in Hollywood Even as Criminal Case Ends (Column)

    The news that criminal charges against Kevin Spacey in the Nantucket groping case have been dropped raises an inevitable question: does this mean he can claw his way back into Hollywood’s good graces? Or maybe more importantly: should it?  Spacey’s rapid descent was startling, even as it quickly followed that of the once untouchable producing [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content