James Corden’s celebrity rap battle segment is getting its own series

Corden will serve as a producer on the 'Drop The Mic' standalone series coming in 2017

Drop The Mic, the “celebrity rap battle” segment from The Late Late Show With James Corden, is to become its own standalone TV series.

US network TBS announced yesterday (August 11) that it has ordered 16 episodes of the spin-off series, with Corden and Late Late Show producer Ben Winston both serving as producers. Drop The Mic is expected to debut on TBS in early 2017.

“James Corden and Ben Winston have struck a nerve with their celebrity-driven, music-infused, incredibly fun content,” TBS’s 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.”

Winston added: “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.”

Celebrity guests to have competed on Drop The Mic on The Late Late Show so far include David Schwimmer, Rebel Wilson, Cara Delevingne, Dave Franco and Anne Hathaway.

Meanwhile, a standalone series of another segment from The Late Late Show, Carpool Karaoke, is already in the works at Apple Music.