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Top Gear US Set To Premiere On History Channel

Posted By Michael J Smith On November 3, 2010 @ 11:05 pm In Other | 1 Comment

[1]After spending several years stuck in development hell, Top Gear US is set to debut on The History Channel this month. The series will premiere on November 21st, at 10 p.m.

TGUS will feature the same format as the UK version, with a trio of hosts: Actor/comedian Adam Ferrera (Rescue Me and Paul Blart: Mall Cop), NASCAR analyst and SPEEDtv host Rutledge Wood, and stunt driver Tanner Foust. The show wouldn’t be complete without a US version of its tame racing driver, the Stig. (Note: This Stig is not as fat as the Stig’s American cousin.)

Much like the UK version, the US version will feature super cars, unique challenges, extreme stunts, and celebrities driving timed laps in a “reasonably priced car.” Tony Hawk, Tim Allen, Buzz Aldrin, Kid Rock, and Bret Michaels are some of the stars featured in the first round of the segment.

Unfortunately, what makes the original version so appealing is the chemistry and charm of its hosts, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May. Their US counterparts may not have the same chemistry, which could end up dooming the show.

Also, with the series being on a smaller cable channel, there’s a chance that it could not attract the advertisers and fans needed to sustain such an expensive show.

Still, I’m willing to give the show a chance. But, if you’re a fan of the UK version of the show, please take this advice: Don’t look for the original TG in the US version. If you do, chances are, you’ll be very disappointed.

Here is a trailer:


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