Monday, September 8, 2014

James Corden Named Host of 'The Late Late Show'

James Corden
CBS announced today that James Corden will be the new host of The Late Late Show. Corden – a multi-faceted performer, host, writer and producer with accomplishments that span television, theater, film and comedy – will take the reins of the daily late night show in 2015.

The 36-year-old Corden comes to American late night television with a growing list of award-winning and critically acclaimed credits. He is a Tony Award-winning performer on Broadway, a BAFTA-winning star of a UK television series, a feature film actor with two releases this year, and an acclaimed host, writer and producer in several genres of television.

Currently, Corden is starring opposite Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo in Begin Again, which is in theaters now, and will star opposite Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp and Emily Blunt in the highly anticipated feature film Into the Woods, which hits theaters in December. Additionally, Corden hosts the BAFTA Award-winning UK sports-themed comedy game show “A League of Their Own” on Sky 1 and stars in, produces and writes the BAFTA nominated comedy thriller “The Wrong Mans,” which is available on Hulu and airs on the BBC.

"James Corden is a rare entertainment force who combines irresistible charm, warmth and originality with a diverse range of creative instincts and performance talent," said Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment. "He is the ultimate multi-hyphenate – a writer, creator and performer who is loved and respected in every medium he touches, including theater, comedy, music, film and television. James is already a big star in the UK and he's wowed American audiences on Broadway; we're very excited to introduce his considerable and very unique talents to our network television audience on a daily basis."

"I can't describe how thrilled and honoured I am to be taking over from the brilliant Craig Ferguson," said Corden. "To be asked to host such a prestigious show on America's #1 network is hugely exciting. I can't wait to get started, and will do my very best to make a show America will enjoy."

Outside of his native England, James Corden attracted international attention as the lead in the hit comedic play "One Man, Two Guvnors," performing first in the National Theatre and the West End in London and then on Broadway, which earned him the 2012 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Play. His additional theater credits include the worldwide tour of "The History Boys" in the role of Timms, which he also played in the feature film adaptation.

On television, Corden starred as Smithy in the critically acclaimed BBC comedy series Gavin and Stacey, which he co-created and co-wrote. For his role, he earned the BAFTA Television Award for Best Male Comedy Performance in 2008 and the British Comedy Award for Best Male Comedy Performer in 2007. The series received the British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy in 2008 as well as the National Television Award for Most Popular Comedy Programme in 2010. Prior to that, Corden starred in the British television series Fat Friends from 2000 to 2005, which earned him a nomination for the 2000 Royal Television Society Award for Network Newcomer On Screen. He also had a recurring role in the popular BBC science fiction series Doctor Who as Craig Owens, the Doctor's roommate. In addition, Corden hosted the Brit Awards, the biggest event in the British music industry, from 2010 to 2014.

Corden appeared on British soap opera Hollyoaks in 2000 as Wayne, a school janitor who kept a pet rat. According to Corden, his character was based on an assumption that big people are unattractive people.

"You are treated like a robot," he later complained about Hollyoaks. "You should do as you are told. There's no understanding how anybody who isn't attractive in their eyes could ever be attractive to anybody."

Over the course of his career, Corden has been awarded the Royal Television Society Award for Comedy Writer of the Year for his work on “The Wrong Mans,” the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Comedy Writer of the Year, the South Bank Show Award for Comedy, the Tric Award for Best Comedy and the National Television Award in 2010 for Best Comedy.

Corden's additional film credits include How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, with Jeff Bridges; Gulliver's Travels, with Jack Black; and The Three Musketeers, with Orlando Bloom.

The Late Late Show with James Corden will be produced by CBS. The creative elements, as well as the producers and the location for the Corden-hosted Late Late Show, will be determined and announced at a later date.

Corden succeeds Craig Ferguson, the critically acclaimed host of the CBS late night series for the past 10 years. Ferguson announced his intention to leave the show during his April 28 broadcast, and will sign off in December 2014.

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