CBS is turning the Paul McCartney “Carpool Karaoke” episode into a primetime special, the network announced Tuesday.
The special will air on Monday, August 20, at 8 p.m. and feature never-before-seen footage of the McCartney segment of “Carpool Karaoke” that aired back in June. In the segment, Corden and McCartney drove around Liverpool and visited many places referenced in the song “Penny Lane,” as well as McCartney’s childhood home. They also surprised locals with a surprise performance at a pub.
The segment has nearly 130 million digital views across Facebook and YouTube, CBS said in a press release.
“We were overwhelmed by the response to our ‘Carpool Karaoke’ with Paul McCartney. 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,” said “The Late Late Show” executive producer Ben Winston.
“I think it resonated with people as Paul’s music speaks to every generation, young and old, especially today,” Winston continued. “The message in the music is as relevant now as it has ever been. After the shoot, while we sat in the edit, we had to cut so much we loved for time. Not only did Paul do a concert in that Liverpool pub, but James and he discussed so much in the car. We are so delighted CBS has given us this primetime special to make an hour-long version of this ‘Carpool Karaoke.’ Now everyone can see the joy of that concert and more of their chat.”
McCartney’s new album “Egypt Station” comes out September 7. You can watch “The Late Late Show” weeknights on CBS.