James Corden goes home again: CBS’ ‘Late Late Show’ returns to England

Comedic host presents four new CBS episodes from England

James Corden (left) and bandleader Reggie Watts present four new “The Late Late Show With James Corden” programs from England starting Monday, June 18, on CBS.

He was there recently for the royal wedding, and London is calling James Corden back again.

The comedian, actor and talk-show host presented programs from his native city a year ago, and he’s doing that again as CBS’ “The Late Late Show With James Corden” makes England its base Monday through Thursday, June 18 through 21. Accompanied by his bandleader Reggie Watts, Corden will offer four shows from Central Hall Westminster, again in cooperation with the British network Sky (which will televise each episode one night later).

While Cher (who appears in the new movie sequel “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” and past “Carpool Karaoke” participants Foo Fighters are among the guests scheduled, others will have the flavor of the region being visited … such as Cate Blanchett (now in the film “Ocean’s 8,” in which Corden also appears), Orlando Bloom, “Billions” star Damian Lewis, Ruth Wilson (“The Affair”) and music’s Niall Horan (who also did “Carpool Karaoke” with Corden during his One Direction days). A new mobile-karaoke session will place Corden in the front seat with the legendary Sir Paul McCartney.

Such “Late Late Show” staple segments as “Crosswalk: The Musical” and “Take a Break” will be incorporated into the London installments. “It’s a logistical nightmare,” Emmy and Tony winner Corden told this writer when the program first went to England, “because when you build these shows, you build them to be in one place. It’s difficult enough moving a show down the road it to another studio in America, but moving an American show as far as you can get in one plane journey is not only difficult, but apparently expensive.”

Admitting that it’s an adjustment to perform “The Late Late Show” for an on-site London audience that’s about five times bigger than the one his Los Angeles studio holds, Corden has gotten accustomed to being a host nevertheless. Not only was he that during the May nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – at a post-wedding party for which he oversaw the organizing of the entertainment – but he’s presided over several big events for CBS, including the Grammy Award and the Tony Awards.

Such opportunities clearly have stemmed from Corden’s late-night job, whether he’s doing it in L.A. or London. However, he maintains, “I never really wanted to be a talk-show host. It’s never something I aspired to be or wanted to be, and it was only really (appealing) through realizing that this show could just be a creative platform where I could make whatever hour we wanted to make, and we could do anything and we were actually bound by nothing. That’s when it becomes incredibly exciting.”

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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