Unscripted

TBS greenlights James Corden’s “Drop the Mic”

The Turner network has commissioned rap battle competition series Drop the Mic, based on CBS' The Late Late Show with James Corden segment by the same name. (Pictured: Corden)
August 12, 2016

Fresh from deals that are turning Carpool Karaoke into a standalone series and global format, Late Late Show host James Corden (pictured) is ramping up his presence in American television with a new comedy and music series.

TBS, a division of Time Warner, has commissioned Drop the Mic, which is based on CBS’ The Late Late Show with James Corden segment by the same name, and will feature four celebrities going head-to-head in a “rap battle royale.” A series host will be announced at a later date.

The 16-episode series marks the first unscripted project greenlit for the net since Turner recruited Michael Bloom as senior VP of unscripted and special event programming for TBS and TNT.

CBS Television Studios and Fulwell 73, having most recently inked a development deal, will produce the singing competition series.

Drop the Mic is slated to join TBS’s lineup in 2017 and will be exec produced by Corden, Ben Winston, Jensen Karp and former battle rapper Hot Karl.

Earlier this summer, Corden’s Carpool Karaoke, also produced by CBS Television Studios and Fulwell 73, was acquired by Apple Music as a standalone series.

“James Corden and Ben Winston have struck a nerve with their celebrity-driven, music-infused, incredibly fun content,” said Bloom in a statement. “This series embodies the kind of unique and surprising programming we are looking for as we reinvent our approach to this genre within the new TBS brand.”

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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