TBS Orders James Corden’s ‘Drop the Mic’ to Series

Ben Winston will also executive produce “Late Late Show” rap battle adaptation

Drop the Mic

Check the rhyme: TBS has greenlit James Corden‘s “Drop the Mic” to series.

Ben Winston, Jensen Karp and former battle rapper Hot Karl will also executive produce the 16-episode half-hour show, which is based on the popular recurring segment of the same name from Corden’s “Late Late Show.”

The “Drop the Mic” series will pit four celebrities against each other in a rap battle. Each week, a winner will be chosen by the studio audience. A host for the show will be named later. The new CBS Television Studios/Fulwell 73 series is set to premiere on TBS in 2017.

“Drop the Mic” marks TBS’ fourth series greenlight in the past two weeks. On July 31, the network announced that it has ordered 10 episodes of “The Guest Book” and begun production on the new animated series “Tarantula.” A few days earlier, TBS announced that it has greenlit the new digital animated series “Storyville” from Mass Appeal.

James Corden and Ben Winston have struck a nerve with their celebrity-driven, music-infused, incredibly fun content,” said Unscripted SVP Michael 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.”