The Late Late Show with James Corden (also known as Late Late) is an American late-night talk show hosted by James Corden on CBS. CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler said in a statement that Corden is a warm, charming and original performer whose "diverse range of creative instincts and performance talent" make him a "rare entertainment force". Corden was announced as the show's new host on September 8, 2014, succeeding Craig Ferguson. It is produced by Fulwell 73 and CBS Television Studios.
Tassler cited Corden's work in such media as theater, film and television, and called him "loved and respected" in all of them.
Corden made a surprise guest appearance on predecessor Ferguson's program on December 16, 2014, two days prior to Ferguson's last broadcast as host, during which the two briefly discussed Corden taking over the show.
The other personnel in the band are Tim Young on lead guitars, Steve Scalfatti on keyboards, Hagar Ben Ari on bass, and Guillermo E. The show's title sequence was originally supposed to be directed by J. Abrams but instead was filmed by the visual firm of Trollbäck + Company and Reggie Watts and the Late Late Show Band composed the theme song.
The final product being James Corden and Reggie Watts going around LA in a Low Rider, LED bike, and some graphic and light painting with a Pixelstick.
Trollbäck + Company put this statement below the video: "James Corden and Reggie Watts put the LA LA back into Late Late in a series fun vignettes filmed around Los Angeles for the identity of the new CBS Late Late Show.
James originally wanted JJ Abrams to film him and Reggie scored to a Mark Ronson track.
We were of course honored to take JJ's place as he was a bit busy filming a blockbuster!
We managed to shoot everything in one night with LED bikes, a Lowrider, and a Pixelstick setting an eclectic visual tone for this experimental new show." While an opening monologue is a staple of the late night talk show genre, Corden has suggested that as he is not a stand-up comedian, he will also be using alternatives to the traditional joke-heavy monologue.
First-run episodes aired every weeknight through the May 2015 sweeps period; then, beginning the week of May 25, the show scaled back its production schedule to four first-run episodes per week (differing from the previous iterations of the program, which produced Friday episodes, either the day of broadcast or farther in advance on the tape date of the Thursday edition), with the Friday episode consisting of a rebroadcast of a recent episode, as has become common with several other late-night talk shows (with the exception of The Late Show and The Tonight Show, which continue to produce first-run episodes on that night, and many airing on cable, which almost universally do not air episodes on Fridays at all).