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Will James Corden join John Oliver in the great British talk show invasion on US soil?
By SP_COP on August 07, 2014 | From metro.co.uk
Will James Corden join John Oliver in the great British talk show invasion on US soil? Starting out in Billericay and ending up in Beverly Hills would be quite a career path.

But this could be the route to stardom paved ahead of actor, comedian, writer and presenter James Corden.

According to reports, he is about to be named as the new host of The Late Late Show on American TV channel CBS. Filmed in Los Angeles, it would be a far cry from the Essex town that housed his most famous character: Smithy from BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey.

Should Londoner Corden, 35, land the gig, he will replace Scottish comedian Craig Ferguson, who has hosted the talk show since 2005. Ferguson, 52, from Glasgow, announced in April that he will leave the programme at the end of this year.

Just as American TV networks love scooping up British talent for their dramas – Hugh Laurie in House, Damian Lewis in Homeland, Andrew Lincoln in The Walking Dead and Idris Elba in The Wire are just the tip of a very large iceberg – so too do they delight in handpicking our comedians for their talk shows.

The latest beneficiary of this is John Oliver. Born in Birmingham, Oliver, 37, did his time in stand-up here before landing a regular slot on BBC’s Mock The Week. But after he went Stateside as a correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, HBO were so impressed they gave him his own show. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver launched in April and is riding the crest of a wave – Oliver’s irreverent drubbing of everything from FIFA to the death penalty has made him a hit on TV and online.

If he does go to the US, Corden will be hoping to follow in the successful footsteps of Oliver and Ferguson, but the American trail was initially blazed by the late Sir David Frost. He saw the potential in gaining a wider audience, hosting American and British versions of his chat show from the late 1960s into the 1970s, eventually bagging a series of interviews with disgraced former US president Richard Nixon that would define his career.

One of the main reasons why performers broaden their range across the Atlantic is simple numbers.

‘British TV personalities are attracted to the money and fame that the US entertainment industry can offer,’ said David Moynihan, editor of showbiz news site DigitalSpy.co.uk.

‘The top shows get immense viewing numbers as the US is so much larger than the UK and the pay packets reflect that. The LA lifestyle doesn’t hurt either.’...
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