• Jun 16, 2008
Top Gear has just officially announced who will be hosting the U.S. version of the popular car show born in the UK and now officially scheduled to appear on NBC sometime this fall, and the winners are... (drum roll, please): Adam Carolla, Tanner Foust and Eric Stromer. Everyone knows Adam Carolla, of course, having watched him hit the big time hosting The Man Show with Jimmy Kimmel. He now hosts his own nationally-syndicated radio show called "The Adam Carolla Show". Tanner Foust brings some actual professional driving cred to the show with a resume that includes stunt driving in "The Bourne Ultimatum," "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" and "The Dukes of Hazard". He's also a winning rally driver, has medaled in the 2007 X-Games and hosted "Supercars Exposed" on the SPEED Channel. Eric Stomer was the last to be cast and when you see him, you'll probably say "I know that guy." He's hosted an HGTV show called "Over Your Head", was a former soap-opera actor and spent a lot of time in construction (and on construction-related TV shows). Guess we'll pick him to win the amphibious vehicle challenges. We surmise that producers may have picked Stromer because he's a hunk of man meat, but also because he can bring in a big female audience from his time spent on HGTV.

The press release after the jump also reveals what each host drives, and as you would imagine, Carolla (who will now be referred to as Jezza Jr.) sports a garage full of Lamborghinis, Maseratis, two Ferraris and an Audi S4. Foust makes do with a simple, tricked out BMW M3. Stromer... a Camry Hybrid. Something tells us Stromer better come equipped with a thick skin. So what do you think? Does Top Gear USA now appear better suited for success or does the show have Bucket of Fail written all over it?

[Source: NBC, Top Gear]

PRESS RELEASE

START YOUR ENGINES!

NBC'S 'TOP GEAR' BUCKLES UP ITS HOSTS FOR HIGH-OCTANE PILOT FROM BBC WORLDWIDE AMERICA BASED ON INTERNATIONAL HIT FRANCHISE

BURBANK - June 16, 2008 - Television and radio comedian Adam Carolla, champion rally and drift racer Tanner Foust, and TV construction guru Eric Stromer, will lead NBC's pilot of the international smash hit series "Top Gear." The production will begin later this week.

Produced by BBC Worldwide America, the U.S. version of the hit franchise will mirror the UK show's irreverent humor and camaraderie between the three presenters, epic races, outrageous stunts and challenges, unique celebrity guest participation and eccentric methods of testing cars.

"This franchise is a proven winner worldwide and the hosting team of Adam, Tanner and Eric that we have brought together for the U.S. version offers a perfect match of humor, insider know-how and priceless track experience," said Craig Plestis, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming Development and Specials, NBC Entertainment. "We are going to create a high-powered show that, like the original, will keep viewers in every demographic clutching the edge of their seats."

"These three guys will get to drive the world's most amazing cars, go on incredible road trips and blow stuff up. It's a dirty old job but someone has to do it...why didn't I get the job?!" said Paul Telegdy, Executive Vice President, TV Sales and Content & Production, BBC Worldwide America.

Jeremy Clarkson, executive producer and host of the UK "Top Gear" said: "This is fantastic news - but how on earth you lot are going to do it on the wrong side of the road I've no idea."

Adam Carolla:

Television and radio personality Adam Carolla is host of the daily, nationally-syndicated radio program "The Adam Carolla Show," based out of Los Angeles' KLSX 97.1/ FREE FM. With partners Jimmy Kimmel and Daniel Kellison, Carolla created Jackhole Industries where he produced and starred in two hit Comedy Central shows, "The Man Show" and "Crank Yankers." Carolla also co-hosted the nationally-syndicated radio program "Loveline" with Dr. Drew Pinsky for 10 years, as well as its TV version on MTV. Carolla also recently wrote and starred in the independent, award-winning feature film, "The Hammer." In season six of "Dancing with the Stars," Adam became the first ever contestant to complete a Paso Doble on a unicycle. Carolla is an avid car collector and owns several classic collectible Lamborghinis, Maseratis, two Ferraris and an Audi S4.

Tanner Foust:

Tanner Foust is in high-demand as a stunt driver, with film credits including "The Bourne Ultimatum," "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" and "The Dukes of Hazard." Foust is a winning competitor in rally, drift, ice racing and time attack with multiple champion podium placements including the 2007 X Games Rally Champion and 2007 Formula Drift Pro Drift Champion. His varied race experience includes open wheel competition, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb (2002 - 2004), five Ice Racing championships and the 2005 PGT Rally Championship. He also holds class lap records at numerous U.S. road courses in Time Attack. In addition, Foust also hosted "Supercars Exposed" for the SPEED channel. Foust's car of choice is a tricked-out M3.

Eric Stromer:

Eric Stromer, host of the HGTV show "Over Your Head," started life in construction and remodeling houses after a short acting career as a soap opera hunk was abruptly ended by a Styrofoam boulder on the set of "Santa Barbara." For 20 years he ran a successful building company before becoming the face of HGTV's hit show. He's a regular on Adam Carolla's nationally-syndicated radio show giving out construction advice, and also appears on TLC's "Clean Sweep," NBC's "Three Wishes" and is a special correspondent for "The Insider." Stromer prefers his Camry hybrid.

About the Executive Producers:

The pilot of "Top Gear" will be executive produced by Tod Mesirow and Kevin Harris. Mesirow's background includes producing credits on "Wired Science," Discovery Channel's "Smash Lab," "Mythbusters," and "Monster Garage." He also executive produced Discovery Studio's "Overhaulin'" for TLC. Harris' credits include "The Apprentice" and "The Baby Borrowers" for NBC.

About Top Gear:

The series, which premiered in the UK in 1977, is consistently BBC TWO's most-watched program in the UK. The UK version of "Top Gear" is broadcast globally in over 100 countries and has been airing on BBC America since 2007. The program has been the recipient of various awards including National Television Awards, BAFTAs, Broadcast Award, Royal Television Society Awards and an International Emmy Award. Top celebrity guests have included Hugh Grant, Simon Cowell, Ewan McGregor, Helen Mirren and Gordon Ramsay. In addition to the television show, the "Top Gear" brand has achieved global success. The self-titled magazine Top Gear continues to be both the best-selling car and men's magazines in the UK. Internationally, Top Gear is the leading motoring media brand.


About BBC Worldwide America:

BBC Worldwide America (BBCWA) is part of BBC Worldwide - the main commercial arm and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). BBCWA has headquarters in New York and Los Angeles and brings together all of BBC Worldwide's businesses in the U.S. – including cable channel BBC America and a bi-coastal production division responsible for the smash hit "Dancing with the Stars," which returns for its 7th season this Fall.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Adam is an avid car nut and has a great "off the cuff" comedic personality. Tanner Faust is a capable driver and knows his stuff. Eric Stromer seems like the mismatch here.

      First off the UK Top Gear succeeds because the hosts are irreverent, have great chemistry and are unapologetic about their review or disdain of a particular vehicle. I even begrudgingly laugh when Jeremy takes a shot of Americans and their driving habits/cars/appetite. Will the US version be as "free" if let's say it is sponsored by Ford? Will they have to hold their tongue, if they review a new Ford vehicle and in essence the vehicle really sucks? (Motorweek perfected the art of the softball review)
      • 6 Years Ago
      This thing is DOA in my opinion. The real TopGear is outrageous, obscene, and very entertaining. The american verson will be so watered down that it will be as much fun as drinking water. Where's the beer when you really need one?
        • 6 Years Ago
        99% DOA, only because Foust can drive I didn't give it a total 100%
      • 6 Years Ago
      will America's add driven culture suffer a program that calls the interior of the Chrysler 300 rubbish or the new MKZ is a pretender without rear wheel drive standard...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Lame. Just go to finalgear.com and download the REAL versions. The americanized version is going to be crap because they won't make fun of fat americans, they won't make fun of crappy american cars, and they won't have british humor. Instead it'll probably just wind up with fart jokes and some girls with huge cans as assistants.

      What a freaking joke.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll give it a chance. I am one of the last 20 people that don't have cable/satellite so I won't turn down a car show on broadcast TV. (One can only take so much Motorweek)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Stomer's the indicator that this show isn't organic, he was picked for demographic reasons instead of having anything to do with cars. With that decision making at the outset, you can imagine what every other exec decision along the way is going to be: mediocrity, don't piss off any(!) 'tisers, and get Corolla to spew a lot of t&a so we get pull the easy titillated yet braindead mtv crowd.

      It's got FAIL written all over it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I dont know, if that was the case dont you think we would see a raindow coalition of a cast? Usually (like MTV does) you would see 1 white guy, 1 lesbian girl, 1 minority guy. I see your point though and that will be the demise of the show if that occurs. Can't judge until the show is viewed though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm sure the show will be ok in terms of the car reviews but I seriously doubt it will be anywhere near as funny as TG proper. For one, I can't see them seriously insulting some of the cars or government officials, and the challenges are largely fun because they screw up, so no point getting someone so good at DIY and customising. And oh yeah, a hybrid driver on TG? Can't wait for JC's reaction.

      • 6 Years Ago
      No matter who hosts, I don't understand the excitement over the show. The original isn't informative at all. It's pure entertainment, often at the expense of useful information.

      People will slam the US version for not being like the UK version. I pray the US version isn't like the UK version. The UK version, while very entertaining, is a load of bunk.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You're both correct.

        I would just hope that people see it for what it is, nothing but entertainment and fun. The problem is that many look at it as brutally honest reviews. It's not. It's bashing for the sake of bashing.

        I see far too many people referencing Clarkston's "reviews" as evidence of a cars worth(lessness).
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's why the UK version is a great show! It's entertaining. So many magazines and shows are focused on offering "all the information," when they should be entertaining us.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just watched the short video with Adam Carolla and it looks like a Pontiac commercial, but worse. And what's with the hillbilly music? If the U.S. version turns out to be sponsored by Pontiac, GM, Ford, etc. it will suck. I don't want to watch Chevy Malibus race around a track with the hosts saying how great the car is, tongue in cheek. If they're selling each episode to a different car company, then forget it.

      The BBC version is great because they don't kiss any ass. They say whatever they want and they don't promote cars that suck (and they can swear). Plus, the hosts on BBC's Top Gear have a great thing going and it's original, even if some of it is scripted. The only part of the BBC show that I don't really like is when they have celebrities on. Other than that, it's pure entertainment.

      Will the American hosts be able to pull it off? No way.
      • 6 Years Ago
      epic fail. north americans can't handle honesty in entertainment - it's both a culture and sponsor issue. in the unlikely exception they get to tell it how it is, then i guess i'd be wrong. it will also be hard to deliver quality that the original top gear has.
      • 6 Years Ago
      FAIL
      • 6 Years Ago
      Eric Stromer needs to stick with what he knows best: speaking in that annoyingly fake gravely voice while hanging curtains and repurposing particle-board furniture.
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