James Corden is an actor, comedian, singer, writer, producer, and television personality from the United Kingdom, but he is best known in the United States as the host of The Late Late Show with James Corden. Corden has decided to depart “The Late Late Show in the spring of 2023. When James Corden leaves CBS’ “Late Late Show” next year, he may walk away with more than people expected.
According to Variety, three people familiar with the situation revealed that CBS is considering replacing Corden’s unique show with a multi-host panel. This is an indication of how late-night is changing as audiences sample the best of the shows via social media rather than viewing them in their wee-hours time slot. A panel format could encompass a wide range of concepts.
This would be similar to Bill Maher’s news-roundtable show “Politically Incorrect,” which aired on ABC late-nights between 1997 and 2002. Also, Chelsea Handler’s gossipy “Chelsea Lately,” which aired on E! between 2007 and 2014; or even the frenetic game-show stylings of Comedy Central’s “@midnight,” which aired in late night between 2013 and 2017.
It’s probable that the substitute show won’t feature a live band or other elements that have become standard for the format. CBS’ conversations are still in the early stages, according to these sources. Officials at the network, which is owned by Paramount Global, are considering a variety of ideas and personalities.
CBS declined to comment on its plans for “The Late Late Show,” which has been hosted by Tom Snyder, Craig Kilborn, and Craig Ferguson in addition to Corden since its inception in 1995. According to sources familiar with the situation, CBS has already been approached by representatives of numerous hosting candidates, but is unlikely to ratchet up its hunt until after the summer.
According to these sources, George Cheeks, a senior Paramount Global executive who manages CBS as well as news and sports content for Paramount Plus, is heavily involved in the search for Corden’s replacement. He’s obviously got the chops. Cheeks’ responsibilities at NBCUniversal included supervising late-night programming for NBC Entertainment, including “Saturday Night Live,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” and “Late Night With Seth Meyers.” Stay tuned to Thirsty to get updates.
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