Apple Music Buys “Carpool Karoake,” Spike TV Greenlights “Caraoke Showdown,” A Nation’s Lust for People Singing in Cars is Satiated
Do you sometimes watch one of the popular “Carpool Karaoke” segments from The Late Late Show with James Corden and think to yourself, “Man, why don’t they make a whole show out of this? Hell, why don’t they make TWO whole shows out of this?!”
Well my friend, your words have not fallen on deaf ears. As we speak, Hollywood is working to produce not one but two television shows which feature people singing while they ride around in a car.
And because Americans value choice, one of those shows will feature famous people singing while they ride around in a car, and the other will feature non-famous people singing while they ride around in a car.
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The one with famous people will be a full-length version of Carpool Karaoke, to be executive produced (but not hosted by) James Corden. Apple Music bought the rights to the series, and will distribute episodes to its members on a weekly basis. Production is said to be starting soon, though a host for the show has yet to be announced.
For those who want to see regular folks singing while riding in cars, Spike TV just ordered ten episodes of Caraoke Showdown, to be hosted by The Office star Craig Robinson. Poised to be the Carnosaur to Carpool Karaoke’s Jurassic Park, the series is being described as a karaoke-version of the game show Cash Cab, in which contestants will be asked to sing along, finish the lyrics, or “act out songs” for cash.
The show will air on Spike, which also constantly runs episodes of the show Lip Sync Battle, so you won’t even have to change the channel if watching non-famous people sing in cars puts you in the mood to watch famous people pretend to sing while not in cars.
It’s a great time to be alive if you like people, famous or otherwise, singing or at least pretending to sing, sometimes but not always while riding in a car.
And don’t we all?
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Patrick Grieve was born in Southwestern Ohio and has lived there all of his life, with the exception of a few years spent getting a Creative Writing degree in Southeastern Ohio. He loves to take road trips, sometimes to places as distant as Northeastern or even Northwestern Ohio. Patrick also enjoys old movies, shopping at thrift stores, going to ballgames, writing about those things, and watching Law & Order reruns. He just watches the original series, though, none of the spin-offs. And also only the ones they made before Jerry Orbach died. Season five was really the peak, in his opinion. See more articles by Patrick.