Remember what they said about all those Saturday Night Live skits they turned into 90-minute movies? How they said there’s just not enough “joke” there to span the length of a feature film?
The same can be said for those silly segments trotted out on latenight television (Letterman’s Stupid Pet Tricks, anyone?)
But like government cable access and local high school sports, the advent of the internet and streaming video has been a boon for these little seen, niche ideas and spinoffs.
I’ve never watched the Late Late Show with James Corden, yet somehow I’ve seen many of his popular Carpool Karaoke segments.
How did that happen?
The same way I caught my little brother’s state playoff football game…the one featuring two middle-of-nowhere rural teams from schools clocking in around 300 students in total enrollment: YouTube.
So it begs to be seen if Apple’s first foray into original programming will pay off for the hipster iPhone manufacturer as it brings Carpool Karaoke: The Series to viewers via its paid streaming service, Apple Music.
As you can see, in this iteration of the segment, Corden is in just a handful of the clips as producers find oddball pairings to team up for maximum viewership. (WWE star John Cena & Shaquille O’Neal singing while crammed into a smart car? Brilliant.)
The Late Late Show spinoff will stream with 16 episodes this first season, and you can see many of the big names participating by watching the above trailer.
It’s a good idea that might open the door for more shorts derived from popular segments that gained a following on YouTube and social media. (With the continual erosion of traditional television viewership, these kinds of paid experiments will eventually be the norm.)
If you find the original segment stupid, you probably won’t enjoy this version either, but if you do like the latenight iteration, or if you’re a fan of one of the guests, you’ll probably enjoy it.
Carpool Karaoke: The Series streams to Apple Music subscribers on August 8, 2017.