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Apple released the first trailer for its new ‘Carpool Karaoke’ show this week

It’s pretty much exactly what you would have expected.


“Carpool Karaoke” is coming to Apple Music — and it looks like the same “Carpool Karaoke” we all know and love from CBS’s “The Late Late Show with James Corden.”

Apple struck a deal with CBS to acquire “Carpool Karaoke” last summer, and this week it debuted the first teaser trailer for the series. Corden doesn’t host every episode like he does for CBS, but he makes an appearance with Will Smith; the duo flies in a helicopter and sings R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly.” (Get it?)

Other megastar guests include Shaquille O’Neal, Alicia Keys and John Legend.

Here’s a look at the trailer:

Apple now has a pair of TV shows, the other being a new reality show about entrepreneurs pitching apps to potential investors — like a slightly nerdier version of “Shark Tank.” It’s called “Planet of the Apps,” and Apple debuted the first trailer for that show this week, too, at Recode’s Code Media conference.

Apple’s push into original TV content is meant to help differentiate Apple Music from competitors like Spotify.

“We're trying to do things that are unique and cultural,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s head of content. “We think we have a real opportunity in the TV space to do that with Apple Music and shows, and the things we're trying to do aren't being done by anybody else.”

Here’s a great video explaining how Corden came up with the idea for “Carpool Karaoke” and why it works:

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