• May 16, 2008
We reported yesterday that both NBC's Fall 2008 and Summer 2009 lineups will not include the U.S. version of Top Gear, but that doesn't mean the peacock network isn't keeping the show as a feather in its multicolor plume. There's a section on NBC's website for primetime shows being developed for the 2008-2009 season, and one page is devoted to Top Gear USA. We found its description intriguing. The show is described as three friends performing outrageous challenges and stunts through the "crazy transformations" they make to their cars. Sure, that's one aspect of the show that Clarkson, Mays and Hammond built, but what about the new car reviews that are hilarious, real and informative, as well as featuring the best cinematography on television anywhere in the world? Also, we find it funny that the U.S. cast of hosts, whoever they may be, are described as being "friends". The British hosts are of course BFF, having done the show together for years now, but we doubt the American hosts will have the same rapport right out of the gate. Regardless, if a U.S. version of Top Gear does happen, it won't air anytime soon. Thanks for the tip, Joe!

UPDATE: Here's a great roundup of all the Top Gear USA news to date from Alex Roy.

[Source: NBC]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Is this Top Gear or Monster Garage? Sounds like monster garage...and by the end of that series, they pretty much exhausted all they could do with a car. You can only make so many boat and lawn mower cars before it just starts to get ridiculous.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Or ruin so many classics... the DeLorean episode was the last one I watched. I ABSOLUTELY refused to watch it again after that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I guess they wanted to hold off on the epic fail for awhile. Hopefully, they'll hire someone with a brain and kill this turd of an idea before it reaches the airwaves. If it does make it on the air, this is going to be worst car show, ever, in television history. Period. It has not the slightest chance of succeeding. The very fact they would hire such an ugly, talentless and humorless toad like Adam Carolla proves even the network themselves don't have much hope of succeeding. If I ran NBC, I'd kill this right now, and then I'd immediately fire anyone even remotely connected to it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ...if you ran NBC, wouldn't that mean that you WERE remotely connected to it??

        :D
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's James MAY, not Mays.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've never watched TOP GEAR before, but usually making a spin off of another show never goes well. Unless it's American Idol, in which case people just go crazy for. Anyway, I will definitely give this show a try. I always used to watch Monster Garage so we'll see how this goes.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That show on TT/350Z/Crossfire is a perfect example on how to spend half an hour and not say anything. If they woke up on the other side of the bed that day, they would have had different "feelings" about the cars they were "reviewing". No wonder they didn't reach a conclusion on that show.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sorry, this was meant as a reply to Leaf on the previous page, please ignore it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Surely NBC will dick this show up and it will be a LOSER!

      I'd much rather see somebody at ABC/ESPN or Speed try this. Speed could certainly use something like this over their rubbish like ppinks ad-infinitem, or living the low life, or unique wimps, or chp cut abortion and other trash they have.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would rather have a show about cars that was half as good as UK Top Gear than another lame reality show or a sitcom.

      I don't care who would host or how bad it sucked, I would still watch to see footage of nice cars that I can't afford being driven hard.

      I can't understand all the narrow-minded "I won't even watch" attitudes. I guess I just like cars.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I absolutely agree with you Josh, I couldn't have said it better.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The stunts are the best part of the show. The reviews are ok but nothing special there, just as fun to watch autoweek or motor trend tv. The stunts and challenges are awsome. Well thought out, written and filmed. I always thought it amazing how the stunts looked so big buget and then they go into the crappy looking studio set with that ultra low tech magnetic board with the lap times. I always cringe at that craptastic board. How about a nice graphic so you can see where the vehicle fit in for more than 1 mil. Overall I love the show but who knows it coudl be just as good. The american Office is way better than the BBC original. But I agree with whomever said to put on the BBC version here. Its ok to keep some things original.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Calling TG reviews real and informative is quite a stretch. They're more like a repeat of tired old cliches about cars and manufacturers, that for some reason people are still willful to ingest. Challenges and stunts are somewhat funny.
        • 6 Years Ago
        They are real and informative opinions. That's what these guys are really good at, explaining how they *feel* about the cars they drive. It's okay to disagree with them (I know I do frequently) but part of what makes the show special is their distinct abilities to explain why they like / dislike a particular car, and also the different takes they each provide. The TT vs 350Z vs Crossfire episode is a particularly good example of this.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd rather watch reruns of the original than whatever NBC is gonna cook up. I'd bet money it's gonna be rubbish.
      • 6 Years Ago
      this show is going to suck. It just seems like NBC doesn't get what top gear is about.....why can't they just air the existing top gear here?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Don't know much about the TV business, but why won't ABC, CBS, Fox, HBO, etc, try to do a Top Gear or Top Gear like show?

      Flame if you like, I don't have cable. :(

        • 6 Years Ago
        Honestly, it has a little to do with politics (BBC doesn't have sponsors to worry about pissing off) and a little to do with American-style showbiz (NBC can't do a reality show to save its life).

        Leno did an interview a couple months back, where he stated clearly that he wouldn't do the show because it just isn't Top Gear at all. It's just an American show that, again, fails miserably to own up to the original.
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