real talk Rev your engines ‘Top Gear’ returns to BBC America By Kyla Brewer TV Media Rev your engines: There’s nothing like hitting the open road in the summer, whether you drive a beat-up pickup or a top-of-the- line luxury car. An iconic TV series featuring some of the world’s most exciting cars is about to return to the airwaves for Season 27. New hosts Paddy McGuinness (“Take Me Out”) and Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff (“Cannon- ball”) join automotive journalist Chris Harris for some high-octane fun in the season premiere of “Top Gear,” airing Sunday, July 14, on BBC America. The debut kicks off the 27th season of the popular British series, which has employed an impressive roster of hosts over the years. Car enthusiasts and industry experts give viewers a close-up look at luxury cars and other ve- hicles in the long-running series. Heralded for its visual style and presentation, the show also in- cludes motoring-based challeng- es, races, special celebrity guest stars and more. It’s been phe- nomenally successful around the world, spawning several international versions, and was voted the best program of the decade in a Chan- nel 4-commissioned survey. 20 | Screentime McGuinness and Flintoff joined the program after it was announced that hosts Matt LeB- lanc (“Friends”) and Rory Reid (“Gadget Geeks”) wouldn’t be returning to the show for Season 27. A prominent U.K. television presenter and comedian, Mc- Guinness has had some similar experience as the host of “Stars in Their Cars.” Flintoff rose to fame as a professional cricket player before turning to a career in television, and he’s famous for once purchasing a Lamborghini he couldn’t fit into, making him an interesting choice for “Top Gear.” The new trio has been well received across the pond, where Season 27 premiered in June. The season opener finds Har- ris, Flintoff and McGuinness in Ethiopia, where they relive their first car experiences. After being tasked with buying fine exam- ples of their own first cars, they must drive them to the Danakil Depression — the hottest year- round place July 10, 2019 | East Oregonian and Hermiston Herald on Earth. Also, Chris hits the track to put the McLaren 600LT and the Ferrari 488 Pista to the test. Don’t miss an action-packed moment of the new season of “Top Gear,” premiering Sunday, July 14, on BBC America. Careful what you wish for: Aspiring actors and musicians may dream of hitting the big time, but stars have shown us time and time again that being famous isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The glitz and glamour of Hol- lywood may look tempting, but fame has a dark side. Entertainment journalists reveal that the road to stardom isn’t always paved with gold as they profile celebrities in “The Price of Fame,” which returns Sunday, July 14, on Reelz. The show goes behind the scenes to examine shocking stories of tur- bulent family drama, substance abuse, outlandish spending habits and much more. In the first of back-to-back new episodes, “The Price of Fame” takes a look at the fasci- nating life of blond bombshell Heather Locklear, who got her big break as Sammy Jo Car- rington in the hit ‘80s prime- time soap opera “Dynasty.” She received four consecutive Golden Globe nominations for her role as Amanda Woodward in “Melrose Place,” and is also known to TV viewers for work in “T.J. Hooker,” “Spin City” and “Franklin & Bash.” Her film credits include “Firestarter” (1984), “Money Talks” (1997) and “The Perfect Man” (2005). However, according to “The Price of Fame,” she has strug- gled with depression, anxiety and substance abuse. “The Price of Fame” also takes a look at the downward spiral of the child cast of the comedy “Diff’rent Strokes.” While the Drummond family may have been beloved for their prime-time antics, the stars of the show ended up falling from grace in the years that followed. Chris Harris hosts “Top Gear” Late laughs The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon Later this year, Domino’s is going to start testing self- driving delivery cars. Yeah, self-driving delivery cars. If your pizza doesn’t crash into your house in less than 30 minutes, it’s free. Pillsbury is recalling bags of flour due to an outbreak of E. coli. So if you poke the Doughboy’s stomach, trust me, it’s not gonna be laughter that comes out. O.J. Simpson joined Twitter. If you thought Trump on Twitter was scary, wait until you get a notification that says, “O.J. Simpson is now following you.” A United flight from Italy to Newark was infested with ants after a bunch of them spilled out of a passenger’s carry-on. The other passengers were like, “We had to throw out our shampoo, but that guy got to bring ants??” Facebook is coming out with its own cryptocurrency called “Libra.” Yeah, the company that can’t even keep your data safe now wants to keep your money. It’s like someone dropping a carton of eggs, then asking if they can hold your baby. Tomorrow is the official start of summer! I’m very excited, but my legs are still so pale. They’re so white, I’ve nicknamed them “Utah” and “NPR.” My legs are so white they could have their own show on Fox News. We are just two days away from the official start of summer! Which means kids are forced to take those summer jobs nobody else wants — pool cleaner, delivery boy, White House press secretary. An Iranian general named Hossein Salami says they’re ready for war. Trump’s already got troops in Turkey ready for action, but Putin’s warning the White House against a conflict. So if you’re keeping track: we’ve got Salami and Turkey on white, hold the Russian. The White House says Trump is going to keep using the slogan “Make America Great Again,” and wearing his usual red hat. It’s like when your kid only wants to wear that one superhero outfit to school, and you’re like, “Whatever gets you on the bus.” The Late Late Show With James Corden Despite what you may have heard, I do still feel like London is my home. I do. If one more person tries to tell me that I’ve gone Hollywood, I tell you, I am gonna pour my juice cleanse right over their head. I came to the U.K. to get away from the shallow, superficial culture of Los Angeles, and now I find out that Big Ben is getting a facelift. It’s like I never left. Theresa May is the second prime minister to resign rather than sort out this whole Brexit mess. One more and we all get a free coffee. Jimmy Kimmel Live O.J. Simpson is on Twitter now … . He’s only been on Twitter for like four days — he’s already got almost 700,000 followers. The last time O.J. had this many people following him, he was on the 405 headed to the Mexican border. President Trump kicked off his 2020 comedy tour last night in Orlando. He had a campaign rally at the Amway Center. There were more red hats and dirty beards than an unsanctioned Santa convention at this thing. At the White House today, Trump hosted the prime minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, with whom he’s had a somewhat contentious relationship. You know you have a hothead president when you have to defuse tensions with Canada.