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Apple's 'Carpool Karaoke' spinoff set for Aug. 8 debut on Apple Music

Apple on Tuesday announced an Aug. 8 debut for "Carpool Karaoke: The Series," which will be available exclusively to Apple Music subscribers.

The show is a spinoff of a segment on "The Late Late Show With James Corden," and will feature a series of celebrity guests such as Will Smith, Metallica, John Cena, Ariana Grande, and "Game of Thrones" co-stars Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner. There will be 16 pairings in all, with each episode lasting 30 minutes.

Apple's senior VP of Internet and Software Services, Eddy Cue, originally promised that the show would debut in April. Towards the end of that month though the company admitted that the show would only arrive later in the year.

"Carpool Karaoke" is thought to be one of several flagships for original video programming on Apple Music. Another, the reality show "Planet of the Apps," is still in limbo.

In the meantime the company is releasing a string of documentaries about topics like Bad Boy Records, Cash Money Records, and music executive Clive Davis.

Still more projects are believed to be in development. The company has reportedly been expanding its footprint in the Los Angeles area, with additional rumors suggesting that it might buy studio space or even take over Sony Pictures Entertainment.