James Corden is re-doing the opening for this week’s three days of The Late Late Show broadcasts from London in the wake of the weekend attack at London Bridge – a programming change producers Ben Winston and Rob Crabbbe insisted “is no big deal and sounds more impressive in print than it actually is.”
The London shows will begin Tuesday, just three days after three assailants deliberately plowed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge, then stabbed people in nearby Borough Market, killing seven and wounding 48. Police killed the three attackers.
In the new opening, Corden will “address … how proud we are to be in a city we all love so much,” Winston told Deadline. Other than that change, the London shows will go on as planned, celebrating “everything London” and reflecting the “carry on” spirit of Londoners. The episodes will air through Thursday from Central Hall Westminster, near Westminster Abbey.
American media headlines about London “reeling” from the attack could not be further from the truth, he insisted, echoing Brit John Oliver’s similar remarks at the top of Sunday’s Last Week Tonight.
“This is not an afraid place,” Winston observed.
When they settled on the dates for the London trip months ago they of course did not realize it would coincide with a snap election and that where they have set up their “studio” also is a polling place, Crabbe noted.
But they hope viewers’ takeaway from the three episodes will be their ambitiousness, including new Carpool Karaoke with British singer Ed Sheeran and “Corden’s Crosswalk The Musical: Mary Poppins.”
Theirs may be a 12:30 show, but it has the ambitiousness of a primetime one, the two men boasted.