“Drop the Mic” is already a huge viral and digital success as an ongoing popular segment on The Late Late Show with James Corden. The series will pit four celebrities against each other in a rap battle royale packed with “I can’t believe they just said that” moments. Each week’s winner will be chosen by the studio audience.
Joining as exec producer is Jensen Karp, former battle rapper Hot Karl. The new series will be produced by CBS Television Studios and Fulwell 73 and is slated to join the TBS lineup in 2017. A host will be announced later.
Drop the Mic is TBS’s first new unscripted series since the arrival of Michael Bloom, who joined TBS & TNT in June as senior vice president of unscripted & special event programming.
“James Corden and Ben Winston have struck a nerve with their celebrity-driven, music-infused, incredibly fun content,” said Bloom. “This series embodies the kind of unique and surprising programming we are looking for as we reinvent our approach to this genre within the new TBS brand.”
“Drop the Mic is such an exciting show, and we can’t wait to begin making it,” said Winston. “Every time we have done this segment on The Late Late Show, it has become a massive viral moment. Now with TBS as our perfect partner, we hope to create some really memorable television.”
Drop the Mic marks TBS’s fourth series greenlight in the past two weeks. It joins The Guest Book, new animated series Tarantula, and new digital animated series Storyville from Mass Appeal.