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Top Gear is Crossing the Pond

Top-Gear-USA  Again. But for real this time. No word on whether actual amphibious vehicles will be involved in the move. 



Top-gear-us-hosts  The last attempt at a U.S. version of the (AWESUMTASTIC) BBC car show was so chock full of fail that the pilot never aired. And since it's never even surfaced on YouTube, I'm guessing all copies were sent through a shredder. And then set on fire. And the ashes beaten with shovels. (Even a $5,000 bounty from Jalopnik has yet to produce a copy of the NBC Adam Carolla-hosted abomination.)

This time, the show is head to the History Channel, and while Adam Carolla said back in February that he was once again up for one of the hosting spots, today the news is out that he (THANKFULLY, CANNOT STAND) did not get it. Your hosts for Top Gear USA have been confirmed as comedian and "Rescue Me" co-star Adam Ferrara, stunt driver Tanner Foust (who was also cast in the NBC version) and racing analyst Rutledge Wood. No word on The Stig, who some say has never seen a chicken McNugget and thinks baseball is stupid.

Other blah-blah-talkyspeak from History Channel people:

"The history of the automobile and the history of America are intimately intertwined -- to celebrate one is to celebrate the other," History president and GM Nancy Dubuc said. "We'll stay true to the original format and add a sense of the American car culture." 

"Gear" fits the History brand even better than one might expect. The first program to air on what then was called the History Channel was "Automobiles: Corvette." Car-related content has performed well on the channel; History had several auto-related pilots in the works when it got "Gear."

"Gear" premiered in 1977 in the U.K. then relaunched in 2002 as a studio-based format. It is BBC 2's most-watched program, and the brand has spun off a magazine and road tour. NBC came close to doing a U.S. version in 2008.

BBC Worldwide executive vp programming and production Jane Tranter said the U.S. version has the potential to be bigger than the original. 

"It will have a completely different landscape," she said. "There's a different relationship with cars in the U.S. and a fascination with customization that's much greater than in the U.K. There's the potential for the U.S. 'Top Gear' to have even greater traction with an audience."

As I have previously stated on this here site, I love Top Gear. But...not really because I love cars that much. I love the show because the presenters are hilarious, the stunts are ridiculous and because seeing celebrities flying around a race track in the equivalent to a Ford Taurus while saying "oh shit oh shit oh shit" never gets old. C_is_for_captain_slow(It helps that you're allowed to say "shit" on the BBC too.) It really doesn't bother me that a lot of the cars featured on the show aren't available here in the U.S., especially when the end result is that Jeremy fires off a ton of funny one-liners while Richard accidentally sets the car on fire while Captain Slow is driving around completely lost in his own neighborhood.

So I'm probably a viewer that just doesn't see the need for a U.S. version, but I still wish this show well. Though I wonder: Will it have the balls to drive a pickup truck up an active volcano hours before eruption

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Comments

Natalie

No it won't (have the balls that is) there are some things that can never be reproduced and Top Gear, especially as an american version is one of them

PB&N

LOVE TOP GEAR! I just don't think it would be as funny in a American version. No British accents or four letter words? Not worth my time. Also, cannot stand Adam Carolla.

bkdbean

LOVE TopGear, but I agree that it probly won't work in the US as it is all about the presenters for me too. Even watching the guys on their own isn't as good as watching the show. It's all about their interaction and the crazy stunts they pull.... Ditto on the Adam Corrolla part as well.

bkdbean

LOVE TopGear, but I agree that it probly won't work in the US as it is all about the presenters for me too. Even watching the guys on their own isn't as good as watching the show. It's all about their interaction and the crazy stunts they pull.... Ditto on the Adam Corrolla part as well.

KEK

Here is where I admit to my inappropriate crush on Captain Slow.

I feel better now.

That said, I predict the US version is going to be missing some magic. Do you think they'd even attempt to cross South America in cars bought sight unseen from the internet?

Leanne - Momcast

@KEK, me too! And, I sometimes find myself wondering about Jeremy, too.

The US will fail horribly. The UK version is far too funny and cool in ways that US TV makers don't understand.

Besides, no cool Alps to drive through, noultra fast highways, no succession of foreign countries to blow through while on a ridiculous race against an airplane and a bullet train. And definitely no lorries to dress up like a Indian wedding and then smash to heck.

Denise

I also love Top Gear, I think I'm even a bigger fan than my husband and there really is no need for a U.S. version, no matter, I won't be watching it!

cursingmama

Oh no, another awesome BBC show for us Americans to screw up, says the avid BBC fan. At least the originals are always out there for me to see and I don't have to worry about those being canceled.

Tracy

This will not end well. Top Gear, with it's uniquely British humor and the chemistry between the three hosts, is something that simply cannot be duplicated.




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