• Dec 11, 2008
According to the Colonial arm of Top Gear's website, the U.S. version of everyone's favorite motoring show has been passed up by NBC. The report doesn't go into any detail about why the Peacock people said, "Thanks. But no thanks" to the show, but the BBC is supposedly actively pursuing a cable network to air the series. We're tapping our sources inside Top Gear, NBC and the assorted media to get the full story, so stay tuned.

UPDATE: According to an entertainment industry source, NBC didn't "pass" on the program so much as it decided to sit on Top Gear as it hashed out the network's future. The BBC was able to get the program "back" so it could bring it to another channel. We'll see...

[Source: Top Gear]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      good. i think NBC would have had too many problems being politically correct all the time and that would have killed the point of the show.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Perhaps the peacock should be changed to a chicken? Taste about the same, yes?
      • 6 Years Ago
      NBC would have picked up Top Gear if it was about three single, mid-thirties career women who like to drink martinis, gossip about sex, and shop for shoes.
        • 6 Years Ago
        There's gotta be cars involved, hello~~

        They love having sex in cars, there.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, TG would promote increased emissions of greenhouse gases. Chris Mathews emits so much greenhouse gas that i am sure NBC/ GE would have to purchase additional carbon credits to put this on the air.
      Steven
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why fix it when it is not broken.....Top Gear, BBC is great, cream rises to the top and it will find an audience in the states, it has found one in the rest of the world. We don't need and American version of it, just put the British version of it on American TV.
      • 6 Years Ago
      NBC probably heard about the repair bills from TG:AU and freaked out.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is a cost thing. NBC just announced that they are cutting back their prime time schedule to save money. A car show would have limited appeal. The broadcast networks tend towards more female friendly shows because thats how advertisers like it. The 18-35 male cohort doesn't buy as much stuff as women. Women make about 80% of the consumer purchasing decisions.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Since Jay Leno is leaving "The Tonight Show", NBC should've asked him to do the show. He would've been perfect for it since everyone knows his love for cars. NBC = idiots.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Jay Leno is at the point in his career where he isn't going to appear on a show that someone else owns (produces). Actors get paid squat compared to the owner of the show. And since Jay would be bringing a TON of car content/knowledge to the show, you can bet he'd want to produce it.

        In short, as long as BBC produces it, you likely won't see Jay hosting it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Jay might have a little bias would be my only concern.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Given NBC's hyper-liberal nature, I'd guess they just didn't see enough opportunities to rant against Republicans, tell all of us we're destroying the planet, and subvert traditional American values and pride. Actually, it seems a car show would give them a fun soapbox for all these activities. Perhaps it was the fun part that made them wince...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm not surprised... Although we're all fans of the show, I think it's safe to assume that Top Gear USA would not have been a ratings hit and NBC would have canceled the show after only a few episodes. Moving it to cable is a smarter choice, but the question is what cable channel... If NBC didn't officially pass on the show, but instead put in on the back burner, that means NBC gets to hold on to it. Which means it would air on one of NBC's cable networks (list taken from their website): CNBC, MSNBC, Bravo, USA, Universal HD, Trio, and Sci-Fi. The only possibility here is USA. If NBC officially passes on it, BBC would be free to shop it around, in which case they have a lot to choose from.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Figured this would happen. None of the big broadcast networks could ever allow the amount of freedom a show like Top Gear needs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If Leno really gets a show every weeknight at 10 on NBC, trust me, you'll see a LOT of cars.

      I'm certain Leno would love to make a car show. It's just key that he owns the production, and with Top Gear, that's not going to happen. Now his OWN car show, that's a different manner.

      Look for some kind of Big Dog-owned car show this fall.
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