James Corden Q&A: ‘Late Late Show’
“We sort of hit the ground running in manner that I think took us by surprise,” reveals James Corden as we chat via webcam (watch the exclusive video above) about “The Late Late Show with James Corden.” He took over the CBS late night talk series in 2015 from Craig Ferguson to rave reviews and boffo ratings, snagging a 2016 Emmy nomination for its first complete season as Best Variety Talk Series, a rarity for freshman shows. “It’s easier for us to do stuff now,” the host adds. “There’s less reticence from people to come and have fun.”
From the beginning, Corden didn’t want to produce the typical late night talk show. Instead, he hoped to create, “a younger, perhaps more vibrant variety show in its truest sense, really. That’s what we want to do, is try and make the best variety show we can.” The show has become famous for its signature sketches, including Carpool Karaoke, Role Call, and Crosswalk: The Musical.
Corden won Emmys for the show’s first full season (only a few episodes aired in 2015 before Emmy balloting) for Best Interactive Program and Best Variety Special for “The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special.” Prior to that, Corden took home a Tony for “One Man, Two Guvnors” (Best Actor in a Play in 2012). For the 2017 Emmys, he will be on the ballot again in those categories but also in Best Special Class Program twice for hosting the 2016 Tony Awards and 2017 Grammy Awards.