TV News Roundup: BBC America Sets Premiere Date for Revamped ‘Top Gear,’ MTV to Offer ‘Scream’ Preview

PREMIERE DATE:

BBC America has set a May 30 premiere date for its rebooted season of “Top Gear,” featuring the hosting team of British TV personality Chris Evans, “Friends” actor Matt LeBlanc, Formula One commentator Eddie Jordan, motor racing driver Sabine Schmitz, and journalists Chris Harris and Rory Reid.

The new stunt-filled season, which was filmed in nine countries and four continents, will see the sixsome participating in on and off-road challenges, as well as testing the latest car models.

SNEAK PEEK:

MTV will offer viewers a seven-minute live stream preview of “Scream” Season 2 via Facebook Live on May 13 (Friday the 13th).  Tom Maden, who’s returning to the slasher-horror series for its sophomore season, will participate in the live event.

RENEWALS:

VH1 has renewed its “Dear Mama” Mother’s Day special as an annual holiday event.  The one-hour program, which aired May 8, raked in 1.5 million viewers and led the cabler to its strongest Sunday in nearly a year.  Anthony Anderson hosted the inaugural special, which featured Mother’s Day tributes from and Jaden and Willow Smith, Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige and Boyz II Men.

KEY ART:

AMC has released the official key art for “Ride with Norman Reedus,” a reality show that follows “The Walking Dead” star Norman Reedus as he immerses himself in local biker culture and mingles with motorcycle collectors, mechanics and craftsmen across the country.

Special guests Peter Fonda, Robert Rodriguez and Balthazar Getty will join Reedus on his season-long road trip, which includes pit stops in North Carolina, Florida, California, Nevada, Texas and Louisiana.  The series premieres June 12 on AMC.

CASTING:

Kristen Hager, Diana Hardcastle and Kristin Booth will join the cast of Reelz’s original miniseries “The Kennedys — After Camelot,” the sequel to the cabler’s 2011 miniseries “The Kennedys.” Hager will star as Ted Kennedy’s first wife, Joan Kennedy, while Hardcastle and Booth will reprise their roles as Rose Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy, respectively.  The trio joins previously announced cast members Katie Holmes, Matthew Perry and Alexander Siddig, who all appeared in “The Kennedys.”

AWARDS:

Interested TV Academy members must apply for membership by May 19 in order to guarantee voting eligibility for the 68th Emmy Awards.  The voting schedule leading up to 2016’s awards ceremony, which airs Sept. 18 on ABC, is as follows:

June 13:       Nomination voting begins
June 27:       Nomination voting ends
July 14:        Nominations announced
August 15:   Final round voting begins
August 29:   Final round voting ends

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