CNBC sets October premiere for Jay Leno series

Produced by Original Productions and Big Dog Productions, Jay Leno's Garage is based on the comedian, car lover and former Tonight Show host's Emmy-winning web series.
August 14, 2015

Jay Leno will return to television in October in an automotive series for CNBC.

Produced by Deadliest Catch maker Original Productions and Big Dog Productions, Jay Leno’s Garage (8 x 60 minutes) will follow the comedian and former Tonight Show host as he travels the U.S. in search of “the car world’s most radical rides,” according to the network.

The show is based on Leno’s titular YouTube series and will cover topics such as classic cars, super cars, restoration projects, road tests, investments and the inner workings of the car collectors market. Celebrity guests will include actors Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Tim Allen, filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, baseball player C.J. Wilson, NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson and comedian Jeff Dunham.

“Many of us see automobiles as kinetic artwork, which I find fascinating,” Leno said in a statement.  “Art doesn’t always have to be stagnant. It could be rolling down the highway.”

CNBC aired a one-hour Jay Leno’s Garage special last August and confirmed plans to proceed with a series shortly thereafter. In 2011, the YouTube series won an Emmy Award for best short-form non-fiction program.

Jay Leno’s Garage will premiere on CNBC on October 7 at 10 p.m. EST/PST. Leno will also serve as the show’s executive producer.

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