Apple has reportedly bought the Carpool Karaoke series being spun out of The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS. No word on what the purchase price was.
Apple will distribute the show on Apple Music , where it sees a natural fit in the series (which will feature James Corden driving celebrity guests around while they sing hits), and where it's been starting to turn to original video as a bonus for its paying subscribers. The series will consist of 16 episodes. In each episode, celebrities will ride along and sing along with the host, James Corden.
Each week, a new episode will become available exclusively to Apple Music subscribers in more than 100 countries. A host for this new series and a premiere date will be announced later, with production slated to begin soon. CBS Television Studios and Late Late Show producer Ben Winston’s production company, Fulwell 73, will produce the show. Corden and Winston will be executive producers.
The segment, a small part of Corden's show, became a viral hit when shared online -- an increasingly vital part of holding down a traditional late-night TV show today -- and sparked a bidding war among programming buyers. The segments have generated more than 800 million views online to date, CBS says. Variety says the network still retains the rights to sell a second window of the series to a more traditional TV outlet.