• May 15, 2008
NBC's dubious attempt to duplicate the unique cachet of Top Gear with a Stateside spinoff has apparently come to a screeching halt. They couldn't even get it together on a cast, so the news doesn't come entirely as a surprise. The newly announced fall lineup doesn't save a seat for "Gear," though room is made in the lineup for that clunker of a retread that is Knight Rider. Seeing how much worse NBC has managed to make the campfest original Knight Rider, we're all better off without a watered-down, sucking-up, entirely neutered iteration of the original. Done before it even started -- we've all been spared by a mild outbreak of sense at a TV network. Thanks for the tip, r4m3n.
[Source: Dark Horizons]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      What is sad is that we do not have a single good car show in the USA. That a Brittish car show could have such a following that isn't even available for most of the country. You need to have a digital cable package with BBC America do even have a chance to watch Top Gear, unless you go the torrent route and download it.

      The problem with making Top Gear America is that there isn't a Top Gear America brand or magazine. I personally think Car magazine is much better, but still Brittish.

      Top Gear and Car magazine make Motor Trend and Road and Track look like Highlights for Kids. Automobile magazine is US car publishing's saving grace but it still pales to teh UK imports.
      • 6 Years Ago
      YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      thats a yeah for no usa/nbc topgear. ill continue to watch on On Demand.

      seriously, what exciting cars were they planning on having in the season anyway? the mustang? zr1? g8?

      thats like only 1 episode.

      it would be funny to see them thrash a crown vic around the track. they could get points for who has more of their car left at the end of the race.

      or they could see if its faster to pitch a tent or put up the top on a solstice.

      im giving you gold here!
      what do you want for nothing?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thank God...after what they did with Knight Rider movie, which wasn't originally that great a show to begin with, I can finally breathe a sigh of relief.

      God bless Jay Leno for expressing his thoughts on steaming, bubbling pile of crap to be.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

      American Top Gear would only suck ass!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Agreed, that was destine to suck.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just send us the current episodes (not last years) on BBC America and I will be happy. For now I will continue to download the current episodes from www.finalgear.com
      • 6 Years Ago
      There is a potentially great show here... just not from the pin head execs at NBC, CBS, ABC, or Fox. Their marketing people would not figure out how to remain politically correct and not offend the car makers who spend millions on TV ads.

      When it comes to those closed door meetings about new shows, the words "fun" and "creative" are never used.

      This show needs to be on pay TV. That way, the car companies will still support it even if there is a bit of joking and negative comments going on. They will like the exposure because they get zip on pay tv now.

      If you can put a show about a mom selling weed, the daily lives of hookers at a brothel, and the politically incorrect Penn & Teller on, you can make a great entertaining car TV show too.

      Take out the advertising backlash issue and add creativity and you have a chance.
      • 6 Years Ago
      One correction, Mr. Roth. NBC has not made Knight Rider worse. I know this because I, using my own brain and eyes, watched the pilot movie. And I enjoyed it enough to plan watching the new series.

      Nice equation of your opinion with fact, though, we need much more of that in the public discourse.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm torn on this. I'd love to see the show focus on American cars but Leno is right - it wouldn't be the same kind of show.

      Guess I'll just have to keep on downloading the shows from across the pond.
      • 6 Years Ago

      There is a saying "Something is better than nothing". So I guess the NBC version would be better than having no top Gear.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Gentlemen (and ladies) the problem is we've lost our sense of humor. Why? It could be our economy or our war or our current politics. We've gotten ourselves into a national quagmire.

      It would be a big mistake to develop a U. S. version of Top Gear. There's just no way it would be the same. My suggestion is develop a new TV show around drugs or sex or violence. Wouldn't that sell more soap, perscription drugs and underwear? Well, isn't that what it's all about?

      I'll just continue to watch it on BBC and be happy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree, nothing can touch the original Top Gear...I'd rather watch 5th Gear in between than a watered down NBC attempt
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