Carpool Karaoke lands Apple a big win at Emmy Awards

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Carpool Karaoke
Carpool Karaoke was a winner at Sunday's Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
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Apple’s foray into original television programming has paid off with an Emmy Award.

Carpool Karaoke, a series spinoff of a segment done by James Corden on the Late Late Show, beat out Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show and the Tonight Show, to win the Emmy in the category of short-form variety series.

The Emmy was awarded Sunday night at the Creative Arts Emmys.

Carpool Karaoke executive producer Eric Pankowski told The Hollywood Reporter backstage that he was excited to be part of Apple’s first Emmy for original content.

“They were incredibly supportive and it’s a sign of the times that TV isn’t what it used to be,” Pankowski said. “They let us do our show and play in this sandbox.”

This isn’t Apple’s first Emmy. The iPhone maker has won several technical Emmys for its commercials.

It is, however, one that will prove memorable to the company as it continues to pour money into hiring seasoned TV execs and to develop a slew of programs for its Apple TV.

News of a new Apple series in the pipeline or the signing of actors to an upcoming show is a weekly occurrence.

Apple ended the month of August having signed Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt actress Jane Krakowski to joined the cast for a comedic series on 19th-century poet Emily Dickinson.

Carpool Karaoke was renewed for a second season earlier this year.

Corden is a producer on the series for Apple. It was his third Creative Arts Emmy of the weekend. On Saturday he won two Emmys for his Snapchat series James Corden’s Next James Corden.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter