James Corden, host of “The Late Late Show” on CBS, kicked off Emmy season on March 26 with an FYC event at the TV academy’s Saban Theater in North Hollywood. Corden was joined by executive producers Ben Winston and Rob Crabbe in a Q&A moderated by Ben Schwartz. Audiences were also treated to funny clips from some of the show’s most memorable segments, including “Role Call,” “Crosswalk: The Musical,” “Carpool Karaoke,” “Drop the Mic,” and “Spill Your Guts.” Listen to their entire 48-minute Q&A above (clips not included).
From the very beginning Corden didn’t want to be limited by their 12:30am-1:30am airtime. Instead, the late night host revealed that he and his team wanted to create a show “that was irrelevant to time slots.” With the advent of YouTube they knew that people could catch up with their material at any time. This allowed them “to try and make the single best show we can every single day, and we know that the incredible thing about today is if it’s good, people will find it and people will share it … and slowly but surely people will get to know our show.”
Corden, a theater veteran and a 2012 Tony-winner (Best Actor in a Play for “One Man, Two Guvnors”), wasn’t interested in making a typical talk show either. Instead, he explained, he wanted to produce “a variety show every night.” That approach led to some of their most popular sketches. And going into their third season Corden, Winston and Crabbe are looking for new ideas. They hope to find “the next thing where people go, ‘and then they did this.'”
Corden’s “Late Late Show” premiered in March 2015, but it only had aired a few weeks of shows by the time that year’s Emmy voting rolled around, which may be why the missed the cut that year. However, Corden, Winston, and Crabbe won for the show’s first full season in 2016: Best Interactive Program and Best Variety Special for “Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special.” They also competed for Best Variety Talk Series, a rarity for a new show, though they lost out to “Last Week Tonight with Jon Oliver.”
Their next season also won Best Variety Talk Special in 2017 for “Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special,” and “The Late Late Show” also contended for Best Interactive Program and Best Variety Talk Series, both of which it lost to “Last Week Tonight.” However, that same evening Corden and Winston picked up additional Emmys for Best Special Class Program for their work on “The 70th Annual Tony Awards,” which Winston produced and Corden hosted and produced.
Can Corden and his team work their charm on Emmy voters again this year? With a new “Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special” airing on Monday, April 23, they could win three-in-a-row in Best Variety Special. Listen to the audio of the full Q&A above.
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