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May 28, 2023

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2 • Terre Haute Tribune-Star • May 28 - June 3, 2023 Unlock some memories and kick it into high gear with NBC's newest competition series, "Hot Wheels: Ul- timate Challenge." Premiering Tuesday, May 30, the unscripted show is equal parts "nostalgia and creativity" (per NBC) as each contestant overhauls one of their most beloved and memorable vehicles, ultimately transforming it from an average automobile into their dream car. Hosted by "Top Gear's" Rutledge Wood and featuring a panel of car-loving celebrity guests, "Hot Wheels: Ultimate Challenge" is inspired by childhood fun and a healthy dose of friendly competition. NBC describes its new 10-episode competition as follows: "Each episode will invite two passionate car fans and Hot Wheels lovers into the Chrome Zone, where they will face off in each transforming an ordinary vehicle into an extraordinary Hot Wheels show- stopper, inspired by personal stories and pop culture touchstones. Work- ing alongside a team of automotive magicians known as 'The Car Pool,' the two Superfans will manufacture their designs in high-tech, decked-out garages." There is also a chance to raise the stakes via "the Inspiration- ator 5000, a larger-than-life vending machine that will rev up in each epi- sode to present the Superfans with a twist in the road." While Wood acts as host, he will surely not be the only familiar face seen during the wild ride. Among the celebrity judges making an ap- pearance on "Hot Wheels: Ultimate Challenge" are "Community" and "The Soup's" Joel McHale; comedi- an and star of the recently finished sitcom "Black-ish," Anthony Ander- son; WWE Superstar Ettore Ewen, better known by the moniker Big E; and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star and "America's Got Talent" host Terry Crews. Perhaps unsurprisingly, two fa- mous car lovers are also welcomed to the show's premiere season as guest judges: former "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno and star of the Fast and Fu- rious saga, Sung Kang. Leno, who also hosts the web se- ries "Jay Leno's Garage," is the proud owner of roughly 180 cars and 160 motorcycles, valued at more than $52 million. Widely recognized as one of the most knowledgeable car fanatics in Hollywood, Leno will bring his insight and interest to "Hot Wheels: Ultimate Challenge" as he assesses the final products presented by the eager contestants. As for Kang, who originated the role of Han Lue in the third Fast and Furious film, subtitled "Tokyo Drift" (2006), the actor has collected several custom cars over the years. These include a Nissan 240SX, a 1967 Mustang Fastback and the 1973 Datsun 240Z he restored himself and which he "affectionately refers to as 'Fugu Z,' according to the Rubber B website, which featured Kang in a promotional profile for the Swiss watch brand. Corie Henson, executive vice-pres- ident of unscripted programming for NBCUniversal Television and Stream - ing, announced her excitement for the program in a statement, saying, "Everyone remembers their first car, the life experiences they had and the friends who came along for the ride. Hot Wheels is a legendary brand with broad appeal that has created a space for imaginations to run free. We are so thrilled to partner with Mattel to combine this nostalgia with fantasti- cal, extreme car transformations." coverstory BY DANA SIMPSON Arushi Garg appears in "Hot Wheels: Ultimate Challenge," airing on NBC. Hot TV: 'Hot Wheels' competition comes to NBC Color Page

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