The Paul McCartney Carpool Karaoke segment with James Corden that has recorded 130 million views on Facebook and YouTube since its debut a month ago will get prime time treatment Aug.20 in an hour-long CBS special that will include new footage not seen during the original broadcast, the network announced Aug. 7.
“We were overwhelmed by the response to our Carpool Karaoke with Paul McCartney,” Ben Winston, executive producer of The Late Late Show, said in the announcement today. “We loved making it and knew we had something special, but it was so wonderful for us to see how many people watched and enjoyed it."
The original segment was just under 24 minutes long and aired June 21. It showed McCartney and James Corden, host of CBS' The Late Late Show cruising around Liverpool, visiting some iconic spots like Penny Lane and the house at 20 Forthlin Road where McCartney grew up, and talking about Paul's music with The Beatles and as a solo artist. The segment also featured a bit of a surprise concert McCartney and his band played at the Liverpool Philharmonic pub.
All this activity comes on the heels of a new McCartney album, Egypt Station, to be released Sept. 7. McCartney has already released two songs, “I Don't Know” and “Come On To Me” in advance of the disc. More promotion for the album can be expected as the release date gets closer.