• Dec 21, 2009
Season 14 of Top Gear is nearly finished, and some fans are singing "The Thrill is Gone" where before the tune had been "You Are the Sunshine of My Life." The creators have heard the complaints and producer Andy Wilman doesn't disagree that something is different this time around.

While Wilman's not in league with Internet whiners lamenting about how the show feels overly scripted, he does acknowledge the complaints while stating unequivocally "it doesn't necessarily mean we're going to do anything about them." The overly-scripted feel isn't on-purpose, says Wilman, and while he does acknowledge that things have changed, there have been flashes of the simple formula that's gotten TG to its current stature of greatness. The refusal to submit to any Internet pressure isn't arrogance, says Wilman, "we're not wedding DJs taking requests."

If you don't like everything, Wilman posits, then the creators of what many call the best car show ever haven't stopped trying. It may not all work all the time, but they're not going to give up trying things, right up to the end. When does it end? It's been rumored that this is the final season. Of course, it was rumored that Season 13 was the end, too. "This incarnation of Top Gear is nearer the end than the beginning," says the producer, but clearly the team isn't ready to hang it up just yet.

[Source: TopGear.com]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I agree that Clarkson, and to some extent Hammond, are trying to hard to... not try at all. The Art Gallery episode is the perfect example of this. And you could tell Jeremy had every intention of spraying himself in the face with that cologne, or fell through that portable toilet completely on purpose. The laughing just seems so insincere.

      That said, it's still my favourite show on television, and one show I will miss dearly if and when it does finally end.

      On a side note, something has to be done about that 'autoblog podcast' player thing is terribly annoying. I like the idea that it's there to listen to... IF I want to. It pops up and starts playing without prompting. If I hit the pause button, it starts up on its own again. Now it's playing, even after I've CLOSED IT! Seriously, there's no way for me to turn it off now, or pause it. This makes the entire Autoblog site NSFW for may people. Point being, it should NOT play until I click on a play button. Please fix this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Still quite enjoyable, can't wait for the special next week.
      • 5 Years Ago
      While I admit that this season hasn't been the best, I'm still loving it. The world will be empty with out Top Gear though. Just talking about taking it off the air is depressing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The last episode is the first ever that I actually stopped watching. It was horrible to watch past the reasonably priced car segment. Painful even.

        Don't get me wrong - I love the show (in the past), but this season is /not/ good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The show has sort of jumped the shark this year, way too scripted, they might as well add a laugh track. I'm hoping next weeks South America road trip episode makes up for lousy season so far.
      • 5 Years Ago
      All good things eventually have to come to an end sometime.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should stop the star in a cheap rental for a season and use it to review another car or have some basic shoot outs. I don't need it to be clever every time, how about putting 5 of the latest hatchbacks in various challenges similar to what Best Motoring does...
      • 5 Years Ago
      The only thing wrong with this season are the idiots that don't realize that their skits pretty much have always been scripted.


      • 5 Years Ago
      WAY too scripted now. I find myself rolling my eyes constantly, though it's still plenty entertaining. But the "wacky hijinks" skits they do needs some better, less contrived writing.

      IMO, the reviews that served as the foundation of the show early on would bring the spark back. As much as we all love seeing sideways Lamborghinis, the unique points-of-view they share on our own rides are Top Gear's roots.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i remember when TG was all about cars , great camera work and some witty humor. after Clarkson became co-producer the show went downhill. it's repetitive and boring. i guess that's what the British audience wants. good thing i speak a few other languages so i always have other car shows to chose from.
        • 5 Years Ago
        TG has always been scripted cover to cover. What you are seeing now is just bad writing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think the problem is that it just feels scripted and that hurts the show's dynamic a lot. Before it felt like 3 guys chatting it up and last night's episode felt like a sitcom.

        What really hurts the show this season is they cut the car reviews in favor of their wacky antics and the challenges have been longer and not as entertaining(minus the electric car one).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hope it will not be canned.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just a thought, given the article on J Leno. His 9.00 spot is tanking. We (the brits) are desperate for some real exports, I don't think we have had a UK made show on one of the main networks since The Avengers. So how about letting Jezzer run for PM and let Big chin take over top gear?
      Seriously this would ave to fading starts of the screen, and He would be fantastic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So has BBC America actually decided to broadcast it here in the US at a reasonable time? Or are they still playing 3-year-old episodes instead?
        • 5 Years Ago
        My problem with the fat American jokes is they aren't funny. Even Clarkson doesn't seem to believe their funny anymore.

        When he said to that American woman that she couldn't be American because she wasn't fat enough, no one there found it funny, including Clarkson. And that's a pretty lousy way to behave to a woman, insulting her and her entire country. He needs to get some new gags.
        • 5 Years Ago
        BBC-A occasionally plays a last-season episode (sometimes only a couple of months old), but it's still terribly edited. All the music is changed (for fear of the ALL MIGHTY RIAA and their Imperial Army of Lawyers), then any anti-American humor is scrubbed-clean (you know, so your mom doesn't get all huffy about being called fat), and by the time the censors are done, you're missing 20 minutes and a LOT of good content.

        And after all that, it's STILL better than anything our own American networks can come up with.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If they change the show drastically, then purists will complain about the show losing its core.

      If they keep the show the way it is with the same formula, people will complain about its lack of originality. The show has become 'boring.'

      You can't keep everyone happy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree with you mate. You can't make everyone happy every time. The bottom line is even if parts are scripted, or not scripted, I still find the show madly entertaining to watch. It's the chemistry and the wit of the Clarkson, Hammond, and May that make it awesome. Any one can read from a script or follow directions, but it's all in the delivery and that's what those three blokes do, they deliver. The thing is you'll all miss it terribly when it's gone. So just enjoy, it's a TV show.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think they make too many Top Gear episodes with too many stunts and not enough basic car tests. It's still the best car show but give it a two year break.
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