Carpool Karaoke Is About To Become A Series

The show will live on Apple Music, but James Corden isn't coming along for the ride

There will soon be a lot more of karaoke for your viewing pleasure — YouTube
Jul 27, 2016 at 2:18 PM ET

For the millions of you who can’t get enough of “Carpool Karaoke,” brace yourselves: It’s about to become a full-blown show that will live on Apple Music. But before you start singing in celebration, it’s also worth mentioning that James Corden won’t be the host.

The mega-popular segment from The Late Late Show has been the most viral video concept ever to come out of late-night TV, and since it debuted a year ago it’s racked up more than 830 million YouTube views. So it’s no surprise that CBS (which will produce the series along with Corden) wanted to wring more money out it. The plan is to make 16 episodes—hosted by someone yet to be named—with lots of big names doing karaoke in a car.

This will not only be part of Apple’s foray into original TV programming (along with the unfortunately named reality show Planet of the Apps), but also gels nicely with Apple Music’s strategy to attract subscribers by offering exclusive content from major artists. There’s just one question, however: can it match the goofy charm of the original?

Almost every installment of “Carpool Karaoke” generates tons of buzz, but as much fun as it is to see your favorite stars belting out hits and chatting away, it’s undeniable that Corden is a huge part of what makes these videos so great. That said, if the show can continue to attract names half as big as Michele Obama and Adele, it will probably do just fine.

Production is set to begin shortly, but die-hard fans need not worry about the original product: “Carpool Karaoke” segments hosted by Corden will continue be a part of The Late Late Show.