The Emmy nominations were kind to “The Late Late Show with James Corden” on Thursday, which scored four nominations after just over a year on the air.
The late-night show’s executive producers, Ben Winston and Rob Crabbe, spoke with TheWrap about why the British host has resonated so strongly with American audiences.
“He’s such an all-around talented guy with singing, dancing, acting, interviewing,” Crabbe said. “And while he was a household name in England, he wasn’t known here in America. So for a guy to step into your living room who can do so many things so well, that resonated with a lot of people. He’s such a charming, genuine person that people feel real affection for.”
And while everyone dreams of hoisting the statuette on awards night, Winston is remaining skeptical about the show’s chances of upsetting favorites like “The Tonight Show.”
“I think that us winning is an impossibility,” he said. “We weren’t in this Emmys race to win. We were in it to get a nomination, so today feels like the win. I think that’s what really makes us excited.”
“We were readying ourselves for a disappointment because a show in its first year usually doesn’t get a nomination,” he added. “The fact that we got four–our reaction was loud and excited.”
The 68th annual Emmy Awards will air on Sept. 18 on ABC with host Jimmy Kimmel.