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CARPOOL KARAOKE: THE SERIES
August 8, 2017  | By David Bianculli

Apple Music, 12:00 a.m. ET

 

SERIES PREMIERE: In my latest book, 2016’s The Platinum Age of Television, in the chapter charting the evolution of TV talk shows, I concluded by suggesting that the future of talk shows might be to re-fashion them in smaller, self-contained mini-programs, as by taking the “Carpool Karaoke” segments from James Cordon’s The Late Late Show, which have amassed hundreds of millions of views when isolated on YouTube, and building a show around them alone. That idea, apparently, was so last year – because this year, today, that’s exactly what’s happening in real life. Specifically, on Apple Music, which is launching a 20-episode spinoff today with a James Corden-Will Smith carpool sing-along that ends up being a helicopterpool sing-along (pictured) as well. Corden will appear in only a couple of the Apple Music installments of  Carpool Karaoke: The Series, but he’s a co-executive producer of all of them, and the emphasis is on booking “riders” with potential chemistry, from long-time buddies Alicia Keys and John Legend to odd-couple pairings such as Blake Shelton and Chelsea Handler. Already, it sounds better than the last time a talk-show segment was spun off into its own show, when NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon begat Spike TV’s Lip Sync Battle.

 
 
 
 
 
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Good news, TVWW readers: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is available on Amazon for $20. (Paperback will be available September 5th, here.)

Doubleday says: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way."

"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. A high point is the author’s interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer and many others...Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 

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