• May 25, 2010
Ah yes,Top Gear USA. We had nearly given up hope for the American version of the hit British television series until friend-of-Autoblog Adam Carolla let slip details of the series' subsequent resuscitation on The History Channel during a taping of one of his CarCast episodes. At the time, it was thought that Carolla would be the only one of the original three cast members from the pilot to make the reborn series. As it turns out, that was not the case. What gives?

Apparently, Carolla has a pilot sitcom that he's currently taping for NBC, and the Peacock wouldn't let the funny man away long enough to join History's Top Gear USA. Sad for all, as reports from those who attended the taping of the NBC pilot almost universally praised Carolla's performance on the show.

Perhaps the most disappointed of all is Carolla himself, who openly dishes on the May 17 edition of his CarCast that he hopes his NBC sitcom is canceled so he can rejoin Top Gear. Click here to listen to the entire episode, but know that there's some foul language.

[Source: AdamCarolla.com via MotoBullet.com]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      You know, he's not my favorite person. I hope they get an opportunity to use him as a guest spot occasionally. He's different and enough of a braggart and showman to make (keep?) things interesting.

      • 4 Years Ago
      There is no way Top Gear America will be better then the original. Jeremy, James, and Richard are quite possibly some of the best on screen personalities in any country. They should just show Top Gear on the Discovery Channel since it's owned by BBC anyways. Why mess with something that is already great?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I love the original, and I don't think for a second that the American version will be as good, but I also would like to see a similar show in the US that actually has... you know... cars that are sold in the US. And stars I've heard of, in reasonably priced cars I have actually seen on my local dealer's lot. Hopefully the American Top Gear can at least give me that.

        But, if you've ever seen both the BBC and American versions of Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares, you've probably noticed that American TV producers have some kind of knack for screwing up a working formula, even if they have the same on screen talent involved. I hope the hosts of Top Gear America don't get turned into Doctor Phil, and get forced to sit around with car designers and help them work out their "issues" while they cry for the camera.

        • 4 Years Ago
        DCI (parent company of Discovery) is an independent US company traded on NASDAQ. It is in no way "owned" by the BBC. However DCI does have a relationship with the BBC for distribution of BBC America.

        I do agree it would make some sense to just re-purpose the original as a global brand rather than re-invent the wheel. It may work. Other shows have made the transition well from one nation to the other; although some do fail miserably.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't think he's funny either and generally don't
      watch when he's on because he really irritates me.
      Car guy? maybe? Knowledgeable about cars? maybe not.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe it's just me, but it seems to me that 'hoping your sitcom is cancelled so you can rejoin Top Gear' could be seen as 'sabotage.' I wonder what NBC thinks of his sentiments; definitely not very professional.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Wishing" is sabotage? Is NBC going to sue for unpleasant thoughts? Did you even think before you started typing?

        Did you not read this line:

        "reports from those who attended the taping of the NBC pilot almost universally praised Carolla's performance on the show"

        So other than his thoughts AFTER the fact, how is he a saboteur? It's a pilot, 1 episode, not a series.

        Is there no room for hyperbole in your world?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Leno would be an ideal host for American TG. That is, if he wasn't still clinging to his own rotted-out shell of a program.
      • 4 Years Ago
      We need Top Gear IN America not Top Gear the american show. More episodes like the ZR1/CTS-V/Challenger episode.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I won't miss Adam Carolla ... his humor is all based on bitching about something. I can't stand to listen to him whine all the time.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish Adam Carolla would just go away. He thinks he's funny, but he's not. Reminds me of Bob Sagat.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Adam Carolla is cool. Sure he repeats some of the same stories/jokes once in a while, but if you had as much air time as him, you'd scavenge for topics occasionally as well. I personally think he's funny, and it usually takes more than just fart jokes to get me to laugh.

        Some of his humor is higher-brow (okay, uni-brow), so it doesn't work on everyone. I do relish his complaining bits, though. They remind me of how I feel when I'm stuck behind a slow/bad driver.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Get it on, got to get it on! No choice but to get it on!

        By the way - your taste blows! ACE man is hilarious, take the stick out of your but.

        To each their own, but I totally disagree with your comment.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Go see Adam Carolla live. I've seen him on several occasions and each time he comes out with no material at all and pulls it off. He's hilarious and the fact that he's a sports guy and a car guy makes it even better. He's the only celebrity I can relate to and want to have a beer with.

        These people that tell me he's not funny or they don't like them are the same ones I'd never want to hang out with anyway.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Meh on the entire idea. Without Clarkson, Hammond and May it really isn't Top Gear.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Isn't the idea of Top Gear USA to be a lack of "British-ness" I would love to have a good American car show if it ends up working out. Not to mention a Top Gear show that doesn't have a bias against American cars would be nice.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. I think I'd also miss the essential "British-ness" of it. Not saying I think this show is gonna be all about 'Merican cars & 'Merican stereotypes, but it just won't be the same.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @FordGTGuy

        The whole point of Top Gear is that it is not unbiased. They play up the stereotypes of every countries cars, they slam every countries cars flaws. Besides Clarkson bought a Ford GT so that alone illustrates the "bias" is for entertainment only.

        Any show with a "cool wall" is clearly not about impartial reporting.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Mez Jr

        Please don't try to defend Top Gear on that subject, there are many incidents where they have either given false information or treated American cars to make them look worse than they actually are.

        The Mustang has taken alot of crap from Top Gear.

        1) Claimed a horse beat a Mustang GT around a track, when they used a convertible V6 which is both the heaviest and slowest Mustang available.

        2) They dynoed a Mustang GT-500 and complained that it didn't have 500 horsepower to the wheels when the car is advertised at 500 bhp. Do the same with any other test with any other car and you will see that know car makes the same power to the wheels as they do the crank. All cars are advertised using crank horsepower numbers and not to the wheel horsepower numbers.

        Ford GT

        1) Constant hating on the mileage of the vehicle. During the review of the Ford GT they pushed around a 4 mpg at WOT figure which was ridiculous. Again on the trip to France they continued this even though the Ford GT gets better mpg than both the Zonda and Ferrari 430 Spyder. You don't see them hating on the Enzo for getting 1 mpg at WOT.

        2) Jeremy talking crap about how he got rid of the car because of the alarm that he himself had ordered and installed and had nothing to do with the actual car.

        Those are just a few examples of the many hating on American cars that goes on in the show. They would never do any of those things to a Ferrari or Aston Martin.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Tri is absolutely correct...plus this show's brutal honestly will never work in this country as we are all so sensitive about the truth. Can anyone really imagine genuine and unbiased reviews of most of the GM and Chrysler trash out there today? Come on now...our skin is much to thin and sensitive for that!
        • 4 Years Ago
        There is a big difference between telling the truth and being biased. Most of the crap Top Gear spews out are lies like the ones I pointed out.
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