Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Sing for your cab ride

As advertised in a faux tweet, Spike has ordered ten eps of Caraoke Showdown.

Craig Robinson will tool around in a cab and ambush passengers with karaoke-for-cash games. If this sounds like a musical Cash Cab, you've got the idea. The project first surfaced in February and Spike has now made it official. The series will debut in 2017, after a one-time special later this year.

The stories in February brought a lot of squawking from James Corden's producers. The concept sounded suspiciously similar to Corden's Carpool Karaoke segments, though with a game show angle. "We'd be lying if we said we weren't disappointed, that you read that another production company is taking an idea that is clearly yours," grumped one of Corden's people.

The linked story mentioned the possibility of legal action, but I haven't seen any stories about actual lawsuits. The game show format might make it tough for Corden and company to cry foul. Whatever Carpool Karaoke may be, a game show it ain't. Spike seems to have decided that they don't have to worry about the lawyers.

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