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U.K.'s 'Top Gear' to premiere new season on BBC America on March 12


UPI News Service, 02/23/2017 

The new season of the U.K.'s "Top Gear" will debut March 12 on BBC America, the network announced Thursday.

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Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris and Rory Reid have returned to host the show, which will also feature frequent appearances from race-car driver Sabine Schmitz and commentator Eddie Jordan.

"Split" and "X-Men" star James McAvoy will guest star on the season premiere.

"In this new, seven-part season, 'Top Gear's hosts journey across wildest Kazakhstan in cars with half a million miles on the clock, tackle old-school motorsport in Cuba, blast through the U.S.'s wild west in the latest convertible super-cars, and attempt to turn an ugly South Korean van into a luxury yacht to rival Monaco's finest," the cable network said in a press release.

Former "Top Gear" host Jeremy Clarkson was fired from the show more than a year ago after a dust-up with a producer, and his longtime co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond refused to go on without Clarkson.

LeBlanc, Harris, Reid and Chris Evans took over for a season, but Evans left after reports of low ratings and a lukewarm reception from fans.

Clarkson, May and Hammond are now working on the Amazon docu-series called "The Grand Tour."



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