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Ted Danson, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Leona Lewis

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  • Brian Lowry

    Corden comes across as natural and likable, including the self-effacing little song with which he closed the show.... Still, having landed that golden ticket is one thing; possessing the imagination to make it last is going to require not just good fortune, but based on first impressions, some ongoing tinkering with the assembly line.

    Variety Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    It all felt safe and predictable, a warm goodnight salvo without any of the tartness or twistedness of Ferguson or of the show’s lead-in host, David Letterman.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    That's a lot of "new" happening at once, and this first-night attempt to carry on a three-way conversation did come across as a bit forced and awkward--though to be fair, it also produced something of a scoop, as Hanks prompted Kunis to admit she and Ashton Kutcher are married.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    Mr. Corden, a portly British performer, was energetic, amiable and cheerfully self-assured, but not particularly special.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • June Thomas

    The show relied heavily on pre-taped sketches: First came an overlong, cameo-heavy bit about Corden’s unlikely path to the late-night lineup.... Corden bears an odd resemblance to a golden retriever—friendly, approachable, and desperately eager to please.

    Slate Full Review
  • Bruce Miller

    Corden isn’t as facile as Fallon, but he also isn’t as fawning. Instead of bringing guests out one at a time, he bunched them (a good move) but didn’t have enough experience to pull both into all conversations.

    Sioux City Journal Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    It was an undeniably endearing, energetic and star-studded hour of television.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Melissa Maerz

    Somehow, last night, the nice-guy role served him well with his first guests, Mila Kunis and Tom Hanks. He kicked back with them on the couch instead of conducting a formal interview from behind a desk, which made the conversation feel less stilted.... He will have to develop his own voice if he wants to compete.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    One show isn't much of a test of what Corden's Late Late will be. But the premiere certainly suggests that fun is ahead.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    There’s definitely something Fallonized about the new Late Late Show, not necessarily in a bad way at all.... The device of bringing both Hanks and Mila Kunis on at once cocktail-party style is promising, but we’ll see if it works with a wider range of guests.... Other elements of the show are embryonic. Musician-comedian Reggie Watts was an inspired choice for bandleader, and let’s hope the show gives him an active role.

    Time Full Review
  • Kristi Turnquist

    By the time Corden sang a wry little tune thanking us for watching, he seemed as comforting as a cup of tea and a biscuit. He may not be boldly going where no late-night host has gone before, but based on first impressions, Corden looks like he'll be making himself at home in no time.

    The Oregonian Full Review
  • Margaret Lyons

    Corden did a perfectly solid job. Last night's premiere went about as well as a premiere can go.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Corden slipped easily into the chair vacated last December by Craig Ferguson. His easygoing manner fit well with his low-key banter, built more on everyday conversation than show biz flash.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    As first nights go, this was a winner for Corden.... This is very much a show under construction.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Kevin Fallon

    For all that he would shamelessly borrow from them across the hour, he seemed markedly different from that pack he’s lumped in with. In fact, he was even refreshing.

    The Daily Beast Full Review
  • Sonia Saraiya

    Corden and bandleader Reggie Watts make a fantastic team, but they bear eerie resemblance to Fallon and his bandleader Questlove.... The total randomness of the stars made for some of the show’s alchemical appeal.... So, so often, these pre-recorded videos or rehearsed segments look and feel excruciatingly awkward or boring. It bodes very well for Corden, and for CBS, that he made these excursions into the absurd look like a lot of fun, both to be in and to watch.

    Salon Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Corden did a terrific job of showcasing all his talents, including singing a ballad at the end of this first night. He’s well on his way to being a nightly crowd-pleaser whom you may be talking about the next day.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Corden clearly appears to have the goods.... Most importantly, he has an obvious ability to perform bits that'll hold up in the cold light of dawn, or more specifically on the Internet.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Diane Gordon

    Corden is a talent worth watching for his sheer likability, musical and comedy talent, and genuine love of culture, pop and otherwise. He’s bending the late-night comedy show formula to fit his skill set, which given this first outing, is impressive.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Josh Bell

    Corden is inoffensive and upbeat, so it’s hard to hate him, but it’s hard to imagine him building a dedicated following, either. Unlike Ferguson, who made his little corner of late night into something unique, Corden is just marking time until viewers fall asleep.

    Las Vegas Weekly Full Review