Television in Brief


Actor Matt LeBlanc will join the cast of the BBC’s car-themed show “Top Gear,” a popular program known for its on-air antics, as well as its high-profile staffing changes.

“Top Gear” said last week that LeBlanc, who played Joey on the sitcom “Friends” and is a self-described “car nut,” would join the show’s host, Chris Evans, a British presenter whose hiring was announced last summer.

“Matt’s a lifelong fellow petrolhead, and I’m thrilled he’s joining Top Gear,” Evans said in a statement. “Acting out our craziest car notions on screen is a dream job and I know we’ll both be debating some epic road trip ideas.”

Even with LeBlanc’s automotive chops, the previous cast could be a tough act to follow. After the BBC restarted “Top Gear” in 2002, the cars tended to take a back seat to the antics of its two hosts, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond.

Controversy occasionally followed: Clarkson was suspended last March after he attacked a producer after a night of drinking. The contract for Clarkson was not renewed.

NEW YORK — James Corden will be staying up late for real to host the Tony Awards.

The host of CBS’s “The Late Late Show” will make his debut as the emcee June 12 at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.

The British comedian and actor has been on Broadway twice and won a Tony in 2012 as best leading actor in a play for “One Man, Two Guvnors.”

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be hosting the Tony Awards. Both times I’ve worked on Broadway have been amongst the happiest times of my professional life,” said Corden in a statement.

NEW YORK — The CMT network is casting for its “Million Dollar Quartet” miniseries this month at Elvis Presley’s alma mater in Memphis, Tennessee.

CMT is adapting the Tony Award-winning musical on the recording sessions featuring Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis into an eight-episode drama. It’s set to air sometime later this year.

Wire reports