Apple has supersized his formula but, in doing so, has managed to misunderstand entirely what it is that made it charming. Judging by the first episode and what’s teased later in the series, this is less about getting a revealing interview out of someone who may otherwise seem distant, and more about bowing down to the power of celebrity. Will Smith, who stars in the first episode, isn’t there to have a conversation with Corden. He’s there to perform. There’s a full marching band to accompany Gettin’ Jiggy Wit’ It. Smith crashes a wedding, and takes Corden up in a helicopter to avoid traffic. The original usually has a funny moment when the guest pokes their head out of the car window and interacts with a surprised member of the public; there’s little danger of such spontaneity here.
If it ain’t broke, don’t try and fix it….