Emmy winner Bryan Cranston stars in Your Honor.

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By Nate Millado

If ever there was a time we needed television, it was the last year and a half—and CBS Studios gave us stories that made us laugh, cry, and everything in between. With Primetime Emmy nominations just weeks away (July 13), we want to show some love to a few shows and artists that delivered award-worthy entertainment—and escapism.

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Star Trek: Discovery for Outstanding Drama Series

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Sonequa Martin-Green leads an "extraordinary" cast.

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"So many times we're in the editing room with this treasure trove of options because our cast is so extraordinary. —Alex Kurtzman, executive producer of Star Trek: Discovery

Watch all episodes of Star Trek: Discovery streaming on Paramount+.

The Neighborhood for Outstanding Comedy Series

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Cedric the Entertainer and Max Greenfield star in The Neighborhood.

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"The Neighborhood bridges gaps. It allows us to reach people we would never ever reach before." —Tichina Arnold, who costars as Tina on The Neighborhood

Watch The Neighborhood on CBS and stream anytime on Paramount+.

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert for Outstanding Variety Talk Series

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Stephen Colbert beats President Barack Obama at waste basketball.

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"There's only one thing better than a joke working…a joke not working," said The Late Show host Stephen Colbert. As for his favorite guest moment? Beating Barack Obama at waste basketball. "I think both of us will carry that in our hearts in very different ways."

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert airs weeknights at 11:35/10:35c on CBS and Paramount+.

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The Bite for Outstanding Drama Series

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Audra McDonald stars in The Bite and The Good Fight.

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"Robert and Michelle [King]'s team wanted to find a way to give it some energy. So they insert zombies…you got your energy." —Audra McDonald discussing The Bite on The Talk

The Bite airs exclusively on Spectrum.

The Bite for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

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Husband-and-wife team Robert and Michelle King (The Good Fight) wrote, produced, and set their zombie drama The Bite during the pandemic.

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The Bite, Scene 22
Rachel clicks over to her mom, DR. HESTER BOUTELLA (65). She pops onto Rachel's screen. Nobel Prize–winning immunologist. Imperious. Loves scarves. (A little of Dr. Birx in her.) Thinks her daughter should be doing more important work.

The Bite airs exclusively on Spectrum.

Your Honor for Outstanding Limited Series

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Emmy winner Bryan Cranston stars in Your Honor.

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"I don't want to do any show or play where the audience can fall asleep. I want them to feel obligated to stay with it at every moment and feel that anxiety level." —Bryan Cranston

Stream Your Honor on SHOWTIME.

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The Amazing Race and Tough As Nails for Outstanding Reality Competition

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Host with the most: Phil Keoghan runs The Amazing Race and Tough As Nails.

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"There's lots of shows out there that honor people that are really good at singing and dancing and are good looking, but I felt that there was a place for acknowledging those people who keep a country running. Real people in real life who are real tough." —Phil Keoghan on Tough As Nails to Deadline

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The Comey Rule for Outstanding Limited Series

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Comey (Jeff Daniels) and Trump (Brendan Gleeson) face off.

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"Jim Comey was trying to do the right thing in a world that didn't care what the right thing was." — Jeff Daniels

"What I loved about it was the authenticity of actually knowing that these were words that were spoken." —Brendan Gleeson

Stream The Comey Rule on SHOWTIME.

The Equalizer for Outstanding Drama Series

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All hail the Queen: Latifah stars in The Equalizer.

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"I've seen a lot of real-life equalizers in my life so why not bring one to the screen who looks like me?" —Queen Latifah

Watch The Equalizer on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.

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The Late Late Show With James Corden for Outstanding Variety Talk Series

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James Corden hosts The Late Late Show.

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"We want to be a place that gives people light relief in what's been an unimaginably difficult year." —James Corden

The Late Late Show With James Corden airs weeknights at 12:37/11:37c on CBS and Paramount+.

The Stand for Outstanding Limited Series

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Alexander Skarsgård as Randall Flagg in The Stand

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"I wanted to write about bravery. At some point, people do have to make a stand." —Stephen King to Vanity Fair

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Star Trek: Lower Decks for Outstanding Animation

Star Trek Lower Decks cast

Jack Quaid as Ensign Brad Boimler, Tawny Newsome as Ensign Beckett Mariner, Eugene Cordero as Ensign Rutherford, and Noël Wells as Ensign Tendi

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"I wanted to do something that when I looked back on it for the rest of my life, I would be really proud of what I did at that one moment. And what I'm really proud of accomplishing with that season is it's the balance of it's really good Star Trek, and it's a comedy that I really like." —Creator and showrunner Mike McMahan to IGN

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Some of the most memorable Crosswalk the Musical performances have riffed on Beauty and the Beast, Les Misérables, and On the Town.

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By Nate Millado

Sadly, Broadway has remained dark since March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. But there's light at the end of the Great White Way: Broadway shows are expected to reopen after Labor Day. Until then, The Late Late Show with James Corden brings the theater to you with Crosswalk the Musical. For the uninitiated, the Tony-winning late night talk show host headlines pared-down versions of some of your favorite shows (with your favorite stars) in the middle of the street. Watch rounds up some of the best, from Aladdin to Les Misérables.

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From belting out Broadway tunes to spitting rhymes in rap battles, James Corden serves up musical gold on CBS' The Late Late Show. Here are 10 memorable song-and-dance moments that have us pressing "Replay."

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1. Adele's Carpool Karaoke

Adele joins James Corden for Carpool Karaoke on The Late Late Show

Adele joins James Corden for Carpool Karaoke on The Late Late Show.

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In a change of pace from his usual L.A. scene, James Corden went home for the holidays to drive around London with unmatched musical genius Adele. Between the Grammy winner regaling us with tales of her drunken adventures to blessing us with her rendition of Nicki Minaj's "Monster," this edition of Carpool Karaoke is hard to beat.

P.S. Don't miss Adele's priceless facial expression at the 1:28 mark, when Corden impresses her with his vocals while they're duetting on her smash hit "Hello."

2. 22 Musicals In 12 Minutes

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Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda on The Late Late Show With James Corden.

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When Mary Poppins Returns co-stars Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt popped by to plug their film, Corden did not—to quote Miranda's 11-time Tony Award–winning musical, Hamilton—throw away his shot, enlisting his fellow triple threats to sing a medley of songs from 22 movie musicals.

The catch: The trio has to complete them as fast as they can, cramming tunes from the likes of Hairspray, Annie, Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, Mamma Mia!, and even The Muppet Movie (with a cameo from Kermit!) into a tight 12 minutes. If you haven't seen this segment yet, you're missing out on the best 12 minutes we've ever seen on TV.

3. Harry Styles' Crosswalk Concert

Harry Styles performs a Crosswalk Concert on The Late Late Show with James Corden

Harry Styles performs a Crosswalk Concert on The Late Late Show With James Corden.

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As Harry Styles was readying to debut his second album, Fine Line, Corden hosted a concert in the crosswalk of L.A.'s Beverly Boulevard to thrill commuters with Styles' musical talents. Working around traffic light schedules, this frenetic performance was unlike anything we've ever seen from Styles, complete with shameless self promotion, backup dancers (with a few moves from Corden himself, naturally), and a show-stopping finale that reached new heights…literally.

4. Drop The Mic With Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway and James Corden battle on The Late Late Show

Anne Hathaway and James Corden battle on The Late Late Show.

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When Corden challenges Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables, The Dark Knight Rises) to a rap battle, nothing is off the table—not even her performance as Catwoman or her stint hosting the Oscars. But Hathaway has a few sick burns of her own up her sleeve; just wait till she steps up to out-diss Corden in an intense Drop the Mic battle that'll knock your stilettos off.

5. Crosswalk The Musical: Hair

Lin Manuel Miranda performs in Crosswalk The Musical Hair with James Corden

Lin-Manuel Miranda performs in Crosswalk the Musical: Hair with James Corden.

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When Lin-Manuel Miranda makes an appearance on The Late Late Show, something musical is usually in the works. The Tony-winning Hamilton creator/star joined Corden and his ensemble on the streets of L.A. for an unforgettable performance of the hit 1960s-set Broadway musical Hair. Corden and his tie-dye-clad cast definitely lived up to the show's summary in their shaggy rendition: a lot of wigs and a lot of nudity.

6. Pitch Perfect Riff-Off

Anna Kendrick and James Corden Perform on The Late Late Show

Anna Kendrick and James Corden perform on The Late Late Show.

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Actress-singer Anna Kendrick crashes Corden's show to challenge him to a Pitch Perfect style riff off—a nod to arguably the best scene in the 2012 a cappella–themed romantic comedy. When Corden claims he's the best a cappella singer in town, Kendrick—his co-star in the 2014 movie musical Into the Woods—puts him to the test and unleashes the beast in this melodic showdown.

7. The Jonas Brothers: Year 2019

Nick Jonas Kevin Jonas and Joe Jonas on The Late Late Show with James Corden

Nick Jonas, Kevin Jonas, and Joe Jonas on The Late Late Show With James Corden.

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When the Jonas Brothers reunited, not even the "Year 3000" could have predicted this Corden parody. This takeoff of the band's 2006 hit finds Kevin, Nick, and Joe back in, of course, 2006 (cue the Myspace reference and Borat jokes) working on their new song "Year 2019." That's when they meet James Corden—"a dude with a British voice"—who tells them what they'll see in 13 years, and it's pretty weird: "Spider-Man, and another one, and another one, and another one." And it will probably take you another 13 years to get that song out of your head!

8. Michelle Obama's Carpool Karaoke

Michelle Obama joins James Corden for Carpool Karaoke on The Late Late Show

Michelle Obama joins James Corden for Carpool Karaoke on The Late Late Show.

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During her husband's final year in office, first lady Michelle Obama joined Corden for a drive around the White House grounds in one of the most wholesome carpool karaokes ever. Obama, who says she rarely gets to listen to music in her car, joins Corden on Stevie Wonder's "Signed Sealed Delivered (I'm Yours)" and Beyoncé's "Single Ladies." (Obama after they finished singing along to Bey: "We were making honey to put in our lemonade!").

This segment gave us 14 minutes of pure joy—and also showed us that Obama knows all the lyrics to Missy Elliott's "Get Ur Freak On."

9. Wildly Inappropriate Kids Duo With Paul Rudd

Paul Rudd joins James Corden on The Late Late Show

Paul Rudd joins James Corden on The Late Late Show.

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In this mockumentary-style interview, Corden and Paul Rudd (Ant-Man, Living With Yourself), reminisce about making catchy kids' songs as The Naptime Boyz. After watching this hilarious, and purposely cringe-worthy, compilation of music videos—complete with suggestive dance moves—we now know why the duo never made it in the childrens' music industry.

10. The NFL Big Man Dance Crew

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A'Shawn Robinson, Brandon Parker, Justin Pugh, and Malik Jackson rehearse with James Corden for their NFL Big Man Dance Crew debut.

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Every pro football player deserves to have a dazzling touchdown dance, and Corden sets out to make that happen. In this laugh-out-loud segment, he teams up with four offensive and defensive linemen—the Jaguars' Malik Jackson, the Cardinals' Justin Pugh, the Raiders' Brandon Parker, and the Lions' A'Shawn Robinson—to create the first-ever NFL Big Man Dance Crew. After rigorous training (think improv exercises) and some stinging critique from Corden, the guys are finally ready to debut their new moves worldwide.

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