After five months of filming from the garage of animator James Corden, The Late Late Show with James Corden returns to the studio on Monday to film new episodes of the talk show, but with some major changes to ensure the health and safety of staff and crew as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The show suspended studio production on March 14, 2020 with Corden filming remotely from his garage starting March 30.
According to Deadline, The Late Late Show with James Corden The team returns to CBS Television City Studio 56, but the setting is very different from what it was before the pandemic. The sofa has been replaced with a chair as guests will not be showing up in person at this time. Audience seats in the studio have also been removed. As with the rest of the set, various equipment and elements have been spaced further apart to allow staff and crew to socially distance themselves while working on the show.
“We’re excited to be back in our new look at Television City Studio 56 and look forward to making new shows starting Monday,” said series executive producers Ben Winston and Rob Crabbe. “There is nothing more important to us than the health and safety of our team, so seeing our crew safely together again has been worth all the work and planning to get us to this point.”
The Late Late Show with James Corden The return to studio production is just the latest show to start getting back to work in what can only be described as a ‘new normal’ in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Other productions – film and television – are also resuming after months of hiatus. Game show Family quarrel also recently announced that it would resume production in Atlanta, Ga. on Tuesday, August 4, also with safety protocols in place, including minimal crew, new audience, and “slight tweaks” to the set.
As for scripted series, several shows should also resume production soon. The walking dead and Fear the living dead seeks to resume filming new episodes for Fear the living dead end of August with The walking dead follow suit in October.
Are you excited that The Late Late Show with James Corden returns to production? What do you think of the overall changes to help with safety and prevention of COVID-19? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.