Online praise for James Corden’s ‘Late, Late Show’ debut

James Corden receives online praise for his first show as host of CBS’ “The Late Late Show.”

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (REUTERS) – James Corden’s debut as host on U.S. television’s ‘The Late Late Show’ has been met with positive reviews and praise on social media.

The award-winning British actor, who was not widely known in the United States before he landed the high-profile job, was joined by stars Tom Hanks and Mila Kunis for the first show aired on Monday (March 23).

He also got a boost from a host of household names in a taped sketch that showed him preparing to become the face of a popular talk show.

Meryl Streep, Arnold Schwarzenegger and former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno alternately trained, inspired and worked the new guy over, with Leno slapping him repeatedly before saying: “In three months, this job will be mine.”

The star-studded show appeared to impress fans and critics, with many taking to social media to air their views.

Twitter user @johnneytsunami tweeted, “James Corden is killing it on the late late show. He’s such a charming guy” while @sunnydeedoherty tweeted, “Our apartment is watching #LateLateShow and swooning over the amazing James Corden. Brilliant.”

According to a press release, research by the University of Oxford using Twitter analysis software TheySay suggested that Corden received 88 per cent positive feedback on the social media website.

There were also positive reviews of the show, with an article in The Hollywood Reporter describing Corden as “affable and sincere as [Jimmy] Fallon with just a little less goofiness” and a review in Variety piece saying the show had “moments of inspired lunacy.”

Corden, a Tony award-winning actor who recently starred in the hit movie musical “Into the Woods,” replaced Scottish comedian Craig Ferguson, who left the late-night show that airs nightly after veteran David Letterman’s “Late Show.”

Letterman will step down soon, with Stephen Colbert taking the reins.

Guests scheduled later this week include Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart and Chris Pine. Michael Douglas, David Beckham and Simon Cowell are all slated to appear in coming weeks.

“The Late Late Show” will continue taping in California, unlike NBC’s “Tonight Show” which moved to New York from its longtime home in Burbank last year when new host Jimmy Fallon took over from Leno.