Fast & the Furious star Tyrese Gibson is joining forces with Mark Burnett, chairman of Metro Goldwyn Mayer’s (MGM) Worldwide Television Group, and MGM Television for Celebrity Grand Prix, a new prime-time competition series.
Hosted and executive produced by Gibson, Celebrity Grand Prix will feature stars from all across the entertainment spectrum as they’re trained by professional race car drivers and then hit the track to race against their foes. Each week, the celebrity with the slowest time will be eliminated from the competition. As the season moves along, the racing challenges will become more difficult until one famous competitor is declared the winner.
Burnett said: “Car racing is already such a beloved classic American sport that continues to resonate with new generations of audiences, and this show will give viewers an insider’s look into what goes on behind-the-scenes of the race track.”
Barry Poznick, MGM’s president of unscripted television, added: “Tyrese is the real deal in front of and behind the cameras and he’s involved in all aspects of production. This show is every adrenaline junkie’s dream.”
Gibson commented: “I couldn’t be more honored or grateful to be an executive producer and host of this show. It’s been an amazing feeling to have been approached by the team at MGM, as this idea falls directly into my wheelhouse. Working with the legendary Mark Burnett and being part of the creative process with him and the amazing team he’s assembled—including Barry Poznick, Sasha Bushnell and Tiffany Hubbert—is a force to be reckoned with! I can’t wait to unleash this energy to the world.”