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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 18 June 2018 at 1:42pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Today I learnt, to my detriment, of the existence of a show called CARPOOL KARAOKE. It features James Corden travelling around L.A. in a car, singing karaoke with celebrities.

Why?

Talk about the TV equivalent of Hell on Earth!

How on earth is that a premise? How on earth does that get commissioned? Who on earth would want to watch that? It's pushing it to even think of it as a 2-minute sketch on a talk show.

What's my "dog" in this fight?

Well, so many great shows are cancelled, such as Channel 4's UTOPIA, which ended inconclusively. Others, with intriguing premises, don't get commissioned. Good actors are out there looking for work, potentially ready to play compelling characters. And despite all that, someone commissions a show about karaoke in a car.

Sign of the apocalypse, surely?
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Posted: 18 June 2018 at 2:08pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

James Corden -- Don't ge me started...
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Posted: 18 June 2018 at 2:15pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I've never seen it myself, and I don't really feel like it, either, but surely there are worse ideas out there? Basically all the so-called reality shows out there made me stop watching regular TV altogether and just opt for streaming.
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Posted: 18 June 2018 at 3:14pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Petter, what could be worse than that? It sounds dire.
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I have only see Carpool Karaoke as part of James Corden's show. I don't think he sings badly at all, and his guests are often interesting, and their singing isn't offensive to me.

I mean, it's late late night television here; but I don't dislike it. Sometimes, it's quite a bit of fun. This, of course, is why we have horse races... :)
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Posted: 18 June 2018 at 6:03pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Does it exist outside of a segment of Corden’s talk show (and the streams of it)? Pretty sure it’s not displacing anything other than another possible late night CBS talk show. 

Also, since Carpool Karaoke came from a UK Red Nose Day sketch for Comic Relief, shouldn’t our UK members be answering for both it and Corden? :p
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Posted: 18 June 2018 at 6:41pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

It's a popular segment on his show and has spawned both a handful of primetime specials and the spinoff show. I wouldn't call it hell on tv, but it clearly has an audience for it to have blown up the way it has.
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I don't watch Corden's show but have seen -- and enjoyed -- the red-nose day original proto-version with the late, great (and surprisingly funny) George Michael and clips of various segments with others.

As a general thing It's light, it's joyful and people evidently like it. On Network TV, it is a segment on Corden's own talk show, no more moronic (or lengthy) than any guest segment.

The iTunes web series is lengthier, but comparing that to the commissioning/cancellation of scripted network shows is beyond a stretch.
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Posted: 18 June 2018 at 10:04pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

I`ll see your Carpool Karaoke and raise you Love Island!
From what i know from trailers, reviews and interviews
with the contestants, a frontal lobotomy is the only way
i could endure it.Edited to add:-On a recent episode,
there was a discussion on Brexit, one female contestant
thought we`d have no trees! I bet the Suffragettes would
be SO proud!

Edited by Bill Collins on 20 June 2018 at 12:55pm
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Those shows are usually very very cheap to make, that's about all there is to them... low risk; if one in twenty succeeds for awhile they are laughing. Why put actual effort and artistry into something if you don't have to I guess. I suppose in a way something like The Antiques Roadshow is just a more highbrow kind of reality show. My Mom watches all kinds of junk real estate shows and I can't understand why with most of them, especially the U.S. ones which seem to be the same shrill 'oh my gods' or 'I really wanted something more perfect/bigger/granite/stainless steel' over and over. I guess the ones where they take an old house and fix it up, not just redecorate to 'flip', is a decent enough show though. There was a nice one in Canada where people who'd been shafted on dodgy home improvements got them redone properly and you learned what not to do and what to look for in a contractor.
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 Robbie Parry wrote:
Petter, what could be worse than that? It sounds dire.

I find CARPOOL KARAOKE quite fun as a segment on James Corden's late night show.  It's enjoyment is often musical guest dependent for me, but even those whose music I'm not particularly fond of are completely game to play along.  As a longer series without Corden (who I find delightful), I'm less enthusiastic about but, as others have said, it's streaming on iTunes not traditional broadcast so it's not really taking anything away from anyone.  Point of fact, CARPOOL KARAOKE is a huge hit here Stateside so a longer series only makes sense.  

In any event, there's room enough for all kinds of programming...even programming you don't personally enjoy.
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Posted: 19 June 2018 at 3:10am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Matt, not you, too. ;-))

 Peter Martin wrote:
The iTunes web series is lengthier, but comparing that to the commissioning/cancellation of scripted network shows is beyond a stretch.

Not so much a comparison, but a "Where's the justice in the world?", Peter. ;-)

I mean, where is the justice in the world when UTOPIA gets cancelled but something like this gets commissioned?
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Posted: 19 June 2018 at 4:09am | IP Logged | 13 post reply

Also, since Carpool Karaoke came from a UK Red Nose Day sketch for Comic Relief, shouldn’t our UK members be answering for both it and Corden? :p

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The vast majority of us in the UK were glad to see the back of Corden.

As the comedian Stewart Lee said in relation to him:

"Britain's loss, is America's loss also."
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Posted: 19 June 2018 at 5:30am | IP Logged | 14 post reply

"I mean, where is the justice in the world when UTOPIA gets cancelled but something like this gets commissioned?"

Different strokes for different folks. In this case, CK is more popular than the show you liked. That's life.
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I know. Bear in mind I am posting a lot of comments in this topic with a smile on my face. :)
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I`m not, i despair at the lowest common denominator tv
we get, it seems to me to be dumbing down the younger
population as the years go by! `Scripted Reality`
Urrrgh!
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I'm okay because we do have choice. If we were in the days of three TV channels only, I'd be dismayed at such a thing being commissioned.

But with numerous channels, Netflix, Prime, WWE Network and so much else, I can avoid such things.

I despair more at the concept. ;-)
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 Greg McPhee wrote:
The vast majority of us in the UK were glad to see the back of Corden.

As the comedian Stewart Lee said in relation to him:

"Britain's loss, is America's loss also."

Curious why y'all dislike Corden so much?  I've seen him live, I've watched clips of his late night show, and I really enjoy him.  He's a big hit here, so I guess I just don't see him as our loss!
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Posted: 20 June 2018 at 12:34pm | IP Logged | 19 post reply

I must have missed the poll about Corden here in the UK. I've seen people sneer on message boards but I'd say the public at large are more pro than anti.
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Any time Corden's smug mug appears on our telly it becomes a race between Mrs Saxon and myself to see who can grab the remote and switch him off first. Mrs S and I are in agreement that Corden's rise to fame and fortune can only be the result of some diabolical pact with an evil entity of supernatural origin, there's just no other explanation for it.
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Andrew, that got a chuckle out of me! Which I needed after a shitty working day. :)
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I think the second episode of Dr Who James Corden guest starred in really turned me off him. I also don't like that Craig Ferguson got the boot to be replaced by him. That was a real downgrade for me. So no, I don't bother with him anymore, and I imagine the carpool Karaoke would get real tiresome, very quickly!
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FYI Craig Ferguson didn't get fired.  He decided he wanted to leave the show.  CBS negotiated a six month extension to his existing contract in 2014 so that they could find a replacement.

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It's interesting that the UK members on this board seem to hate him but he's surprisingly popular in North America. 
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Uggh, not with me.
I just don't get him.
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