TBS is picking up what James Corden is putting down.
The network on Thursday announced a 16-episode series order for Drop the Mic, an extension of the popular Late Late Show segment in which four celebrities compete in a “rap battle royale.” The winner will be chosen by the studio audience.
Expected to premiere in 2017, Drop the Mic will be executive-produced by Corden, Ben Winston and Jensen Karp (formerly known as rap-battler Hot Karl).
“James Corden and Ben Winston have struck a nerve with their celebrity-driven, music-infused, incredibly fun content,” TBS’ Michael Bloom said in a statement. “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.”
Added Winston, “Drop the Mic is such an exciting show, and we can’t wait to begin making it. 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.”
Drop the Mic‘s pick-up comes on the heels of Apple Music buying a Corden-produced Carpool Karaoke series, also based on the popular Late Late Show segment.
Below, check out Corden’s recent Drop the Mic face-off against Late Late Show guest Anne Hathaway: