James Corden is returning to Sky in the UK. The satcaster has inked a deal with CBS Studios International to acquire rights to Corden’s late night talker The Late Late Show With James Corden in both the UK and Ireland, TVWise has learned.
Sky will make full episodes of the CBS late night show available on-demand to Sky TV and NOW TV customers with an entertainment pass from Tuesday July 19th. Sky Q customers will also be able to enjoy all the best clips from the show, past and present, including Carpool Karaoke, in the Online Video section.
“The Late Late Show has become a global cultural phenomenon, and the UK audience has delighted in James’ runaway stateside success”, said Gary Davey, Sky’s Managing Director, Content. “There is a huge appetite from UK fans to enjoy the antics of The Late Late Show firsthand, and we are thrilled to exclusively bring the show direct to our customers.”
The Late Late Show With James Corden premiered in March 2015 in the United States, drawing strong ratings for US broadcaster CBS and earning a reputation for generating buzz-worthy viral videos, most notably the Carpool Karaoke segments. The popularity of Carpool Karaoke has led CBS to commission an hour-long special, which will air on Sky1 in the UK on Tuesday July 19th.
“In just over a year, James has made a very big mark on U.S. late-night television with a critically acclaimed show that features the biggest names in entertainment and unique segments that quickly become digital sensations”, added Armando Nuñez, President & CEO of CBS Global Distribution Group. “We’re excited that UK audiences will get to experience all the energy and excitement of the series with our terrific partners at Sky.”
Thanks in no small part to their existing relationship with Corden on the Sky1 series A League Of Their Own, Sky execs have had their eye on his take on The Late Late Show for quite some time. I’m told Sky execs even attended a taping of the show in the middle of last year’s LA Screenings and gave due consideration to the best way to bring the show to UK audiences, especially given how tough it has been for US late night shows to find a UK audience in years past.