Talk about life in the fast lane! Less than a year into his stint as Late Late Show host, James Corden is in talks to produce ‘Carpool Karaoke’ as a stand-alone TV series, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The segment has proved wildly popular, with guest spots from megastars such as Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey, and One Direction racking up more than 400 million views on the show’s YouTube channel.
Adele’s appearance in January became its biggest viral success ever with more than 84 million YouTube views, while Stevie Wonder‘s rendition of ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’ left the host (not to mention a lot of people watching) in tears.
Though not expected to host the series, Corden will act as executive producer and make occasional guest appearances. The host will apparently be decided only after a network deal is in place.
The show would have competition, however: SpikeTV, the network behind Lip Sync Battle (a TV show that also developed out of a segment from chat show Late Night With Jimmy Fallon), is already developing a similar premise with Caraoke Showdown hosted by Craig Robinson, while more car-based chat features in Jerry Seinfeld’s online series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
Corden got there first, however, with the idea first appearing in a 2011 sketch in aid of charity Comic Relief. It featured George Michael sitting alongside Smithy, Corden’s character in BBC sitcom Gavin and Stacey, who tried to cheer the star up after his recent travails by singing along to some of his most famous hits.
Here it is. See how many stars you can spot: