PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE, September 21: The Late Late Show is set to be filmed in front of a live studio audience for the first time since the start of the pandemic later this month.
Deadline understands that the team behind the James Corden-hosted series are considering bringing back fully vaccinated audiences beginning Monday, September 27.
The number of audience members will be reduced to 50 (it’s normally 170) to allow for social distancing in the audience section. Also, all audience members must show proof of vaccination, participate in a health screening and wear a mask to see the show, which on Monday is scheduled to feature Kim Kardashian West and musical guest Jade Bird.
The CBS show, which films in Television City in Los Angeles, is the latest late-night talk show to look to bring back a crowd. Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which also shoots in L.A., brought back audiences earlier this year, as did New York-shot shows The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Deadline revealed that The Late Late Show’s time-slot rival Late Night with Seth Meyers is also planning to bring back an audience in October. Exec producer Rob Crabbe told Deadline last week that the show recently flipped back its studio to allow it to “flip the switch” for the return of audiences.
“We’ve put ourselves in a position where we can flip the switch when it’s time to have an audience back,” he said last week.
This leaves only The Daily Show with Trevor Noah as one of the main nightly late-night shows without an audience, although given that the Comedy Central series recently moved in to a new studio in Times Square and out of Noah’s apartment, it’s also making steps towards a sense of normalcy.
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