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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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