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Carpool Karaoke: The Series is an American web television series that premiered on Apple Music on August 9, 2017. Based on the popular recurring segment, Carpool Karaoke, from The Late Late Show with James Corden, the series pairs various celebrities with each other as they drive around together and sing-along to popular music. On February 15, 2018, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season which premiered on October 12, 2018 on Apple TV.

Carpool Karaoke: The Series
CarpoolKaraoke.png
GenreReality
Created by
Based onCarpool Karaoke
by Ben Winston &
James Corden
Directed by
  • Benjamin Green
  • Blake Webster
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes40 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Ben Winston
  • James Corden
  • Eric Pankowski
Producer(s)
  • Benjamin Green
  • Diana Miller
Running time12–23 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Release
Original network
Original releaseAugust 9, 2017 (2017-08-09) –
present (present)
External links
Official website

PremiseEdit

In each episode of Carpool Karaoke: The Series, "celebrities will ride along and sing along...as they visit places meaningful to the celebrity, sing tunes from their personal playlists and surprise fans who don’t expect to see big stars belting out tunes one lane over."[1]

EpisodesEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
121August 9, 2017 (2017-08-09)June 22, 2018 (2018-06-22)
219October 12, 2018 (2018-10-12)March 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)

Season 1 (2017–18)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Featured celebritiesOriginal release date
11"James Corden & Will Smith"August 9, 2017 (2017-08-09)
Songs used: "Gettin' Jiggy wit It", "Boom! Shake the Room", "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air", "Summertime", & "I Believe I Can Fly"
22"Alicia Keys & John Legend with special guests James Corden & Taraji P. Henson"August 15, 2017 (2017-08-15)
Songs used: "Hollywood Swinging", "Fallin'", "No One", "All of Me", "Love Me Now", "Blended Family (What You Do for Love)", "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By", & "Ordinary People"
33"Billy Eichner & Metallica"August 15, 2017 (2017-08-15)
Songs used: "Enter Sandman", "Part of Your World", "Now That We're Dead", "Master of Puppets", & "Diamonds"
44"Sophie Turner & Maisie Williams"August 22, 2017 (2017-08-22)
Songs used: "Sorry", "Wrecking Ball", "Self Control", & "My Prerogative"
55"Seth MacFarlane & Ariana Grande"August 22, 2017 (2017-08-22)
Songs used: "Suddenly Seymour", "The Song That Goes Like This", "What is this Feeling?", "Ten Minutes Ago", & "Nothing in Common"
66"The Cyrus Family (Miley, Billy Ray, Tish, Braison, Brandi, Trace, & Noah)"August 29, 2017 (2017-08-29)
Songs used: "Malibu", "Party in the U.S.A.", "24K Magic", "Stay Together", "Shake It", & "Achy Breaky Heart"
77"Queen Latifah & Jada Pinkett-Smith with special guests Regina Hall & Tiffany Haddish"August 29, 2017 (2017-08-29)
Songs used: "Ladies First", "Nasty", "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)", "Let's Go Crazy", & "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"
88"John Cena & Shaquille O'Neal"September 5, 2017 (2017-09-05)
Songs used: "Gin and Juice", "(I Know I Got) Skillz", "The Time Is Now", "Mama Said Knock You Out", "Africa" (a cappella), "True Colors" (a cappella), "Red Red Wine" (a cappella), "Conga" (a cappella), "Like a Virgin" (a cappella), "Papa Don't Preach" (a cappella), & "Maneater"
99"Jeff Gordon & Michael Strahan"September 5, 2017 (2017-09-05)
Songs used: "Lovely Day", "Physical", "E.I.", & "Closer"
1010"Shakira & Trevor Noah"September 19, 2017 (2017-09-19)
Songs used: "Whenever, Wherever", "Zombie", "Triumph", "Chantaje", "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)", "Hips Don't Lie", & "Try Everything"
1111"Tracee Ellis Ross & Big Sean"September 19, 2017 (2017-09-19)
Songs used: "Bounce Back", "Moves", "Endless Love", "Dance (Ass)" (spoken word), "Baby Got Back" (spoken word), "O.P.P." (spoken word), & "I Don’t **** with You" (bleeped on both clean and explicit versions)
1212"Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba, & will.i.am with special guest James Corden"September 26, 2017 (2017-09-26)
Songs used: "Let's Get It Started", "It Takes Two", "I Gotta Feeling", "Country Strong", "Forget You", "Hot in Herre"
1313"Sheryl Crow & Dierks Bentley"September 26, 2017 (2017-09-26)
Songs used: "All I Wanna Do", "What Was I Thinkin'", "Picture", "Drunk on a Plane", "If It Makes You Happy", "Good Hearted Woman", "Folsom Prison Blues", & "On the Road Again"
1414"Tyrese Gibson & Ludacris"October 3, 2017 (2017-10-03)
Songs used: "Southern Hospitality", "Poison", "Sweet Lady", "The Humpty Dance", "Shame", & "All I Do Is Win"
1515"Blake Shelton & Chelsea Handler"October 3, 2017 (2017-10-03)
Songs used: "Hillbilly Bone", "Take On Me", "Total Eclipse of the Heart", "Austin", "Tiny Bubbles" (a cappella), & "Livin' on a Prayer"
1616"Neil Patrick Harris & Tyler Perry"October 10, 2017 (2017-10-10)
Songs used: "Uptown Funk", "You're Beautiful", "Love Shack", & "(I've Had) The Time of My Life"
1717"Joe Jonas & Camila Cabello"October 10, 2017 (2017-10-10)
Songs used: "Cake by the Ocean", "Crying in the Club", "Kissing Strangers", & "You're the One That I Want"
1818"Linkin Park & Ken Jeong"October 12, 2017 (2017-10-12)

Songs used: "Hey Ya!", "Numb", "In the End", "Talking to Myself", "Under the Bridge", "Sweet Home Alabama", & "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"

Note: The episode is dedicated to the memory of Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington, who committed suicide following the production.
1919"LeBron James & James Corden, with special guest Ice Cube"October 31, 2017 (2017-10-31)
Songs used: "Numb / Encore", "Yeah!", "Bad and Boujee", "It Was a Good Day", & "Maniac"
2020"Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, & Ed Helms"June 15, 2018 (2018-06-15)
Songs used: "Get Ready for This", "Bohemian Rhapsody", "We Built This City", "Sister Christian", "I Want It That Way", & "You Give Love a Bad Name"
2121"Evan Rachel Wood & James Marsden"June 22, 2018 (2018-06-22)
Songs used: "When Doves Cry", "Summer Nights", "Shoop" (parodied as "Loop"), "After All", & "Ironic"

Season 2 (2018–19)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Featured celebritiesOriginal release date
221"Jamie Foxx & Corinne Foxx"October 12, 2018 (2018-10-12)
Songs used: "Hot Blooded", "Blame It", "You Look So Good in Love", "My Girl", "Bodak Yellow", "The Devil Went Down to Georgia", & "No Weapon"
232""Weird Al" Yankovic & the Lonely Island"October 19, 2018 (2018-10-19)
Songs used: "Fat", "Amish Paradise", "Angela (Theme from Taxi)", "867-5309/Jenny", "I'm on a Boat", & "Dick in a Box"
243"Wiz Khalifa & Bebe Rexha"October 26, 2018 (2018-10-26)
Songs used: "Finesse", "Meant to Be", "See You Again", "This Is How We Do It", & "Black and Yellow"
254"Megan Mullally & Nick Offerman, with special guest Stephanie Hunt"November 3, 2018 (2018-11-03)
Songs used: "London Bridge", "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover", "Tiny Dancer", "I Don't Love Her", & "My Cherie Amour"
265"Triple H & Stephanie McMahon; Big E, Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston; Becky Lynch, Naomi, Natalya Neidhart, Charlotte Flair & Nia Jax; Alexa Bliss & Braun Strowman"November 10, 2018 (2018-11-10)
Songs used: "Crazy Train", "Bust a Move", "Paranoid", "Enter Sandman", "U Can't Touch This", "You Got It (The Right Stuff)", "Wannabe", "MMMBop", & "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!"
276"Tyra Banks & Lil Yachty"November 17, 2018 (2018-11-17)
Songs used: "It Takes Two", "Forever Young", "Yellow", "Be a Star", & "Broccoli"
287"Quincy Jones & Rashida Jones"November 30, 2018 (2018-11-30)
Songs used: "Thriller", "Fly Me to the Moon", "It's My Party", "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)", "Man in the Mirror", & "Rock with You"
298"Kendall Jenner & Hailey Bieber, with special guest Miley Cyrus"December 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)
Songs used: "I Write Sins Not Tragedies", "Lean on Me", "Party in the U.S.A.", "Nothing Breaks Like a Heart", & "Company"
309"Jason Sudeikis & The Muppets"December 14, 2018 (2018-12-14)
Songs used: "Break My Stride", "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues", "Under Pressure", "Runaround Sue", "Rhythm of the Night", & "It's Tricky"
3110"Gisele Bündchen & Boyz II Men"January 25, 2019 (2019-01-25)
Songs used: "One Sweet Day", "I'll Make Love to You", "Best Day of My Life", "On Bended Knee", & "End of the Road"
3211"Star Trek: Discovery cast: Mary Wiseman, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, & Sonequa Martin-Green"February 1, 2019 (2019-02-01)
Songs used: "That's the Way (I Like It)", "I Will Survive", "Shape of You", "Space Oddity", & "Seasons of Love" (parody)
3312"Thomas Middleditch & Ben Schwartz, with special guest Dr. Drew"February 8, 2019 (2019-02-08)
Songs used: "You Make My Dreams", "Happy", "Isn't She Lovely", "A Whole New World", "Back in Time", & "Tha Crossroads"
3413"Shaun White, Tony Hawk, & Kelly Slater, with special guest Mark Mothersbaugh"February 15, 2019 (2019-02-15)
Songs used: "My Sharona", "I Wanna Be Sedated", "Alive", "Fell in Love with a Girl", & "Whip It"
3514"Snoop Dogg & Matthew McConaughey"February 22, 2019 (2019-02-22)
Songs used: "Rock and Roll All Nite", "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang", "On the Road Again", "Gin and Juice", "Drop It Like It's Hot", & "Margaritaville"
3615"Kevin Durant & Travis Scott, with special guests Kylie Jenner, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jones, Kerith Burke, Paul Pierce, Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, & Chauncey Billups"March 1, 2019 (2019-03-01)
Songs used: "Super Freak", "Goosebumps", "Calling My Spirit", "Sicko Mode", "Too Darn Hot", & "Don't Worry, Be Happy"
3716"Samuel L. Jackson & Brie Larson"March 8, 2019 (2019-03-08)
Songs used: "My Prerogative", "7 Rings", "Love and Happiness", "Just a Girl", & "Raspberry Beret"
3817"Michael Sheen & Matthew Rhys"March 15, 2019 (2019-03-15)
Songs used: "Tainted Love", "West End Girls", "Delilah", "The Young New Mexican Puppeteer", "Africa", "America" (a cappella), & "C'mon Get Happy"
3918"Taron Egerton & Richard Madden"March 22, 2019 (2019-03-22)
Songs used: "Bennie and the Jets", "Young Americans", "Rocket Man", "Addicted to Love", "Faith"
4019"Ben Platt & Sara Bareilles"March 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)
Songs used: "Sir Duke", "Zak and Sara", "Brave", "Bad Habit", "Bad Idea", "Armor"

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

On July 26, 2016, Apple Music and CBS Television Studios announced that they had reached a deal for an exclusive first-window licensing agreement under which Apple Music would be the global home of a television series adaptation of the popular recurring segment, Carpool Karaoke from the Late Late Show with James Corden. It was further reported that production companies CBS Television Studios and Fulwell 73 would produce the series. James Corden and Ben Winston are the creators and executive producers for the series. Before the deal was reached, CBS Studios International and Fulwell 73 had been shopping the series for an international home. It was also initially announced that the series would have a host that would appear in every episode.[1][2][3] On January 9, 2017, it was reported that the series would not feature a single host and instead would have a different host every episode.[4][5][6][7]

On February 15, 2018, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season.[8] On May 26, 2018, it was reported that an episode of season two would feature cast members from Star Trek: Discovery including Sonequa Martin-Green, Mary Wiseman, Anthony Rapp, and Doug Jones.[9] On October 9, 2018, it was announced that season two would premiere on October 12, 2018. Episodes were set to feature guest stars including Jason Sudeikis with The Muppets, The Lonely Island with "Weird Al" Yankovic, Snoop Dogg with Matthew McConaughey, Rashida Jones with her father Quincy Jones, Tyra Banks, and Jamie Foxx with his daughter Corinne Foxx. It was then announced that beginning with season two, the series was expected to move to the Apple TV app with new episodes being released on Fridays through December 2018 and then resuming again after the holidays.[10][11][12]

FilmingEdit

In March 2018, an episode featuring James Marsden and Evan Rachel Wood, both of whom star on the HBO series Westworld, was filmed in Austin, Texas during the annual South by Southwest Film Festival.[13]

ReleaseEdit

MarketingEdit

On February 13, 2017, Apple released the first teaser trailer for the series[14] and a few days later, the first full length trailer was released.[15] On October 9, 2018, the official trailer for season two was released.[10][11]

PremiereEdit

After initially being set to premiere in April 2017, it was announced on April 25, 2017 that the series would be delayed to sometime later in the year.[16] On May 30, 2017, it was announced that the show's official premiere date would be August 8, 2017.[17]

ReceptionEdit

Critical receptionEdit

The first season received a mixed to negative reception from critics upon its premiere.[18] Sonya Saralya of Variety commented "For a segment that emphasized spontaneity and intimacy, Carpool Karaoke on Apple Music feels distancing--highlighting how dissimilar the guests are from the audience, instead of the other way around."[19] Rebecca Nicholson of The Guardian was also negative in her review saying, "Apple has supersized his formula but, in doing so, has managed to misunderstand entirely what it is that made it charming. Judging by the first episode and what’s teased later in the series, this is less about getting a revealing interview out of someone who may otherwise seem distant, and more about bowing down to the power of celebrity."[20]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2018 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Short Form Variety Series Carpool Karaoke: The Series Won [21][22]
2019 Producers Guild of America Awards Outstanding Short-Form Program Carpool Karaoke: The Series Nominated [23]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Petski, Denise (July 26, 2016). "'Carpool Karaoke' TV Series Lands At Apple Music". Deadline. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  2. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (July 26, 2016). "Apple Music Buys 'Carpool Karaoke' TV Series". Variety. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  3. ^ Jarvey, Natalie; Stanhope, Kate (July 26, 2016). "'Carpool Karaoke' Series Coming Exclusively to Apple Music". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  4. ^ Nilles, Billy (January 9, 2017). "Apple Music's Carpool Karaoke Has Its James Corden Replacement". E! Online. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  5. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (January 9, 2017). "'Carpool Karaoke' Apple Music Series Will Have 16 Different Hosts Including Chelsea Handler & Seth MacFarlane – TCA". Deadline. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  6. ^ Schwindt, Oriana (January 9, 2017). "'Carpool Karaoke' on Apple Music Will Bring Together Billy Eichner and Metallica". Variety. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  7. ^ Hibberd, James (January 9, 2017). "'Carpool Karaoke' Series Replacing Corden with More Celebrities". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  8. ^ Chmielewski, Dawn C. (February 15, 2018). "Apple Renews 'Carpool Karaoke' For Second Season". Deadline. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  9. ^ "'Star Trek: Discovery' Cast Headed To 'Carpool Karaoke' + Reveal Secrets Of The Makeup Trailer". Trek Movie. May 26, 2018. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  10. ^ a b Lawrence, Derek (October 9, 2018). "Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, and Miss Piggy headline Carpool Karaoke season 2". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  11. ^ a b Hipes, Patrick (October 9, 2018). "'Carpool Karaoke' Trailer: Season 2 To Feature Miss Piggy, A Dogg, And Lots More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  12. ^ Cao, Peter (October 9, 2018). "Apple launching season 2 of Carpool Karaoke for free through the TV app starting October 12". 9to5Mac. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  13. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (March 11, 2018). "'Westworld' Stars Evan Rachel Wood & James Marsden Kick Off 'Carpool Karaoke' Season Two At SXSW". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  14. ^ Petski, Denise (February 13, 2017). "'Carpool Karaoke: The Series': James Corden, Will Smith & More Belt Out Tunes In First Look At Apple Music Series". Deadline. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  15. ^ Calvario, Liz (February 16, 2017). "'Carpool Karaoke: The Series' Trailer: Will Smith & James Corden Rap 'Fresh Prince' Theme Song". Deadline. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  16. ^ Petski, Denise (April 25, 2017). "Apple Music Delays Release Of 'Carpool Karaoke: The Series'". Deadline. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  17. ^ Petski, Denise (May 30, 2017). "'Carpool Karaoke: The Series' Gets Premiere Date After Delay". Deadline. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  18. ^ Miller, Chance (August 9, 2017). "The early reviews of Apple's Carpool Karaoke series are in, and critics aren't impressed". 9to5Mac. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  19. ^ Saraiya, Sonia (August 9, 2017). "TV Review: 'Carpool Karaoke' on Apple Music". Variety. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  20. ^ Nicholson, Rebecca (August 9, 2017). "Carpool Karaoke: The Series – can James Corden help Apple break into original TV?". The Guardian. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  21. ^ Hipes, Patrick (July 12, 2018). "Emmy Nominations: 'Game Of Thrones, 'The Americans', 'Atlanta', Defending Champ 'Handmaid's Tale' Among Top Nominees". Deadline. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  22. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (September 9, 2018). "Anthony Bourdain, 'Jesus Christ Superstar' and 'Saturday Night Live' Win Big on Night 2 of Creative Arts Emmy Awards". Variety. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  23. ^ McNary, Dave (January 20, 2019). "PGA Awards: 'Green Book' Wins Top Feature Film Award". Variety. Retrieved January 20, 2019.

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