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IOU Joyride


New Series from Executive Producers Drew and Jonathan Scott is Hosted by Ant Anstead and Cristy Lee, with Guests Renée Zellweger, James Marsden, Octavia Spencer, Danny Trejo, Tony Hawk and Mary J. Blige 

New York, NY – July 19, 2021– discovery+, the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service from Discovery, Inc., today released a new trailer providing a first look at the new automotive makeover series Celebrity IOU: Joyride, premiering Monday, August 23. From Scott Brothers Entertainment and executive producers Drew and Jonathan Scott (The Property Brothers), the series enlists the help of master mechanic Ant Anstead and car guru Cristy Lee togive celebrities Renée Zellweger, James Marsden, Octavia Spencer, Danny Trejo, Tony Hawk and Mary J. Blige the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and create automotive masterpieces for someone special in their lives. The series builds off of the hit Celebrity IOU home renovation series from Drew and Jonathan Scott that is currently airing its second season on HGTV. 

“A key differentiating factor for discovery+ is the ability to mix genres our traditional fans love – in this case, it’s beloved renovation IP from the Scott brothers with our expertise in the automotive space,” said Lisa Holme, Group SVP, Content and Commercial Strategy at Discovery. “By adding incredible talent like Ant and Cristy, along with some of the biggest stars in the world, we think this format will resonate with all of our streaming subscribers.” 

In each episode of Celebrity IOU: Joyride, viewers will hear the inspiring story behind the star’s relationship with the special person in their lives and the reasons why they are so deserving of a one-of-a-kind car transformation. In the end, audiences will be just as blown away as the recipient when they receive the ultimate joyride. 

Episode descriptions include: 

  • Monday, August 23 – Renée Zellweger

Academy Award-winning actress Renée Zellwegerwants to gift two cars to brothers Jerome and Jerald, who acted as 24-hour caregivers to beloved and respected Hollywood publicist Nanci Ryder until she lost her four-year battle with ALS in June 2020. Renée was so impressed and touched by the meticulous care the brothers took of Nanci while she struggled with the disease that she enlists the help of Ant and Cristy to give the brothers the type of car that they would never get for themselves. 

  • Monday, August 30 – James Marsden

Actor James Marsden wants to give back to his brother-in-law and friend of 30 years, Will. Sharing a love of cars, James and Will spent endless hours in the garage with James’ father-in-law, Nashville Hall of Fame songwriter Dennis Linde. Recently, Will had regretfully been forced to sell his grandmother’s 1963 Buick Electra, unable to keep up with the costs and maintenance. With the help of Ant and Cristy, James restores the coveted family Buick to gift it back to Will, allowing the family to continue their love of cars for years to come. 

  • Monday, September 6 – Octavia Spencer

Academy-Award winning actress Octavia Spencer wants to surprise her hairdresser and close friend of over 15 years, Renee, a hard-working owner of a modest hair salon who spends her days off visiting elderly-care homes to offer her services to residents free of charge. The pandemic hit Renee’s industry hard, making it difficult for her to make ends meet, and she also lost her father. Octavia enlists the help of Ant and Cristy to create a mobile salon for Renee, which will allow her to help more elderly clients and service her clients in style. 

  •  Monday, September 13 – Danny Trejo 

Danny Trejo has been through a lot of ups and downs over the course of his life, and his very good friend Mario has been by his side through it all. Danny has a very special surprise in store for Mario as Ant and Cristy assist in the rehabilitation of a 1958 Chevrolet Impala. Danny helps them with the restoration of this beautiful classic highway cruiser of the past by slamming it to the ground using modern upgrades to tastefully transform it into a boulevard cruiser that will turn heads for generations to come. 

  • Monday, September 20 – Tony Hawk

Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk wants to surprise his office manager of 10 years, Galina, with the ultimate joyride, a new Volkswagen camper for her and her new husband’s beloved camping trips. Tony grew up with a Volkswagen camper, and he wants to create the opportunity for Galina to create the same amazing memories that he had as a child. With the help of Ant and Cristy, Tony decks out Galina’s new camper with state-of-the-art upgrades, allowing her and her husband to see the country in style.

  • Monday, September 27 – Mary J. Blige 

Grammy-award winning and Oscar nominated singer-songwriter, actress and producer Mary J. Blige wants to surprise her trusted assistant of over eight years, Nicole, who, after becoming a mother at 16 years old, worked her way through high school and college and followed her lifelong dream of working in the music industry. Mary wants to thank Nicole for all her hard work, and with the help of Ant and Cristy, surprises Nicole with the car of her dreams to set her up for success as she continues to build her rockstar career. 

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